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Located on the NE coast of Corsica, 35 km south of Cape Corse (the island's northernmost point), the port town of Bastia dates from Roman times. Close to the Italian mainland, the town affords a view of the island of Elba across the Tyrrhenian Sea. Made up of two main sections, Terra Vecchia, the Old Town built in and around the central part of the harbor, and Terra Nova, the modern town on the opposite side of the old port, Bastia features a 16th-century Genoese citadel and colorful 19th-century Italianate buildings. Also of interest are the Chapelle Sainte-Croix, which houses the Black Christ, fished from the sea in 1428, and the 15th-century Saint-Marie, which has a statue of the Virgin Mary made of solid silver.

Tourist OfficePlace Saint NicolasBP 20320410 BastiaPhone: 33 4 95 54 20 40Fax: 33 4 95 54 20 41

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