Calvi Citadel

Calvi, France

The Genoese Citadel is the main part of the town of Calvi, and its most important historical monument. It was a military outpost in the 15th century that helped guard the city against attacks from Franco-Turkish raiders to Anglo-Corsican armies. Inside the battlements, don’t miss the well-proportioned Caserne Sampiero, a military barracks that once served as the Genoese administration's seat of power, and the 13th-century Cathédrale St-Jean Baptiste, whose most celebrated relic is the ebony Christ des Miracles, credited with saving Calvi from Saracen invasion in 1553.

The citadel sits high above Calvi port from where it towers over the sea. From up here you get some great views of the coast and harbour.

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Carrughju Agnese, Calvi, France
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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Tom L (18 months ago)
Impressive place with great overview
bruno pizzochero (19 months ago)
I come back in calvi after more than 20 years. Still very nice place
Marius-Benedict Tamas (19 months ago)
Restaurants are great. The wiew is breathtaking.
Andreas Giles (2 years ago)
For sure one of the main reasons for visiting Calvi and worth the effort. But it's a relatively small Citadel and a few hours will do you. The Foreign Legion base was low key, was hoping for more there. Plenty of great little places up there for lunch too. We ate at Tao which was outstanding and all fresh home cooked fare.
Brian Gavin (2 years ago)
An interesting place to visit. A bit more than a hilltop fort, more of a secure settlement. It's occupied by various families many of whom have lived there generations. There are two churches, a couple of cafes and tourist souvenir shops. The French Foreign Legion have a museum there, admission free. There are spectacular views from many different parts of the perimeter walls/battlements overlooking Calvi Bay on one side and Point Revelato on the other. Access is free although it is a steep climb to start with. Worth a visit, at least once.
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