Watchtowers: The troubled context of the 16th century throughout the Mediterranean region threatened the trades routes and the populations. The Corsican people asked Genoa for help to prevent the island from the raids and pillages that were ravaging the coastal villages…Almost 100 watchtowers were built all around the island in almost one century and today, they have countless stories to tell.
19th century: Following the Industrial Revolution, cities got more urbanized and grew dramatically. Urban planning became common-place with its public buildings, broad avenues, monuments, and impressive railroad stations. The pattern was established by the city of Paris in the 1850’s under Napoleon III.
In Bastia or Ajaccio, the 19th century atmosphere can still be seen: large squares, bandstands, palm and plane trees, great palaces and ‘grand cafés’…
Bridges: Stony bridges still spans most of our rivers crossing ancient paths. Villagers, shepherds and horse-riders used it to walk down or up valleys, to move their flock or to transports food items. Elegant and strong, these witnesses to history are usually characterized by a hump, a unique arc and a narrow roadway.
Mausoleum: Mostly situated in the Cap Corse region, they are part of the architectural heritage. They were built between the 17th and 20th century, both to demonstrate the families’ power and to illustrate the connection between the living and the dead. Facing the sea and richly decorated, some of them are real palaces…
Orii: Dating back to prehistoric times, the Orii represent the typical pastoral heritage of Corsica. With their wind- and water-eroded shapes, these granite rocks offered shelters for shepherds and provided protection from weather conditions and animals. Quite common in South Corsica, some of them are completely preserved.
Villages : Villages: le village constitue le cœur de l’âme insulaire, où le citadin corse du 21ème siècle continue de s’y réfugier le week-end et pendant la saison estivale. Qu’il soit de schiste dans le nord-est de la Corse ou de granite ailleurs, il offre au visiteur un dédale de ruelles envoutantes où l’espace public et l’espace de l’intime se confondent. Témoins intemporels, bâtis pour la plupart entre 600m et 800m d’altitude, les villages rappellent la civilisation agro-pastorale insulaire. Gardiennes de la mémoire des transhumances du passé, les terrasses de cultures, les enclos ou les bergeries d’estive ne sont jamais très loin.