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The musée Fesch (officially, Palais Fesch-musée des beaux-arts) is the central museum of fine arts in Ajaccio on Corsica. Located within the gated Palais Fesch, it is in the town’s Borgu d’Ajaccio quarter. It was established by Napoleon I’s uncle, cardinal Joseph Fesch (a Prince of France from 1807), in Fesch’s birthplace. The initiative to build the museum was taken by Napoleon I’s maternal uncle, cardinal Joseph Fesch (1763-1839), archbishop of Lyons and the primate of the Gauls. It was Fesch’s wish to establish an Institute of Arts and Sciences in his hometown. Before he died in 1839, Fesch donated 1000 art works, from his large collection of more than 17,000, to the museum.

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The Cathedral of Notre Dame de l’Assomption Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and Ajaccio, situated in the city of Genoa, was inaugurated in 1593, it relates to the Diocese of Ajaccio. Napoleon was baptized June 21, 1771. This cathedral is the subject of a classification as historical monuments since October 30, 1906. Monumental Baroque cathedral, built in the late seventeenth century, attributed to the Italian architect Giacomo della Porta. It has a nave with only two bays. The master marble altar is the seventeenth century. The Chapel of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart has been decorated by Eugene Delacroix.

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Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve is a natural area with dramatic geological landforms and wealthy undersea life. It also is the habitat of the rare osprey, peregrine falcons and bearded vultures. The Gulf is situated on the western coast of Corsica, between Punta Muchillina and Punta Nera. The sheer cliffs of the Gulf contain many grottos and are flanked by numerous stacks and almost inaccessible islets and coves. The coastline is also noted for its red cliffs, some 900 metres high, sand beaches, and headlands.

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The Genoese towers in Corsica (French: Tours génoises de Corse, Corsican: Torri ghjinuvesi di a Corsica) are a series of coastal defences constructed by the Republic of Genoa between 1530 and 1620 to stem the attacks by Barbary pirates. Corsica had been controlled by the Genoese since 1284 when they established their supremacy over the Pisans in the naval Battle of Meloria. Towards the end of the 15th century the Ottoman Turks expanded their control of the Mediterranean westwards and became a dominant maritime power in the region.

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Bandero Museum: Tucked away on a side street, this quirky little museum explores Corsican history up to WWII. Among the highlights are a diorama of the 1769 battle of Ponte Novo that confirmed French conquest of the island, a model of the port of Ajaccio as it was in the same period, and a proclamation by Gilbert Elliot, viceroy of the short-lived Anglo-Corsican kingdom (1794–96).

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Home of Napoleon Bonaparte: La Maison Bonaparte is the ancestral home of the Bonaparte family. It is located on the Rue Saint-Charles in Ajaccio on the island of Corsica. The house was almost continuously owned by members of the family from 1682 to 1923. Napoleon Bonaparte’s great-great grandfather Giuseppe Buonaparte first moved into the Casa Buonaparte in 1682. Originally, the house was partitioned between different families: however, after Giuseppe married Maria Colonna di Bozzi who owned a portion of the house, he purchased the remaining sections. The house was later expanded and re-decorated by Carlo Buonaparte after his marriage to Maria Letizia Ramolino.

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