Corte Citadel

Corte, France

A small town in the heart of Corsica, Corte was the capital of the island (from 1755-1769 under Pasquale Paoli). Jutting out above the Tavignano and Restonica Rivers, and the cobbled alleyways of the Haute Ville, the citadel’s oldest part is the château – known as the Nid d’Aigle (Eagle’s Nest) – built in 1419. The 19th-century barracks now houses the tourist office and the Museu di a Corsica, a must-see for Corsica culture buffs. It’s a joint admission for the museum and citadel.

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Rue du Donjon, Corte, France
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4.1/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Brian Gavin (4 years ago)
Spacious, well laid out museum on several floors. The exhibits provide a comprehensive history of Corsica. You need to leave plenty of time for a visit if you want to read all of the detailed information for each exhibit. As with most museums there is probably more on display than can be absorbed on one visit. Don't miss the "Corsican Head" sculpture on the outside terrace on the first floor.
Mārtiņš Torsters (4 years ago)
A beautiful view available from inside, has good historical information about Île de beauté
Mark Dawson (4 years ago)
Excellent location integrated with the citadel and its fortifications. We enjoyed the underground experience and the history of Corse
Gulden Fried (4 years ago)
The concept and execution of this exhibition is wonderful. If you're not french I would highly recommend taking the audio guide for 1,50€ (I am german) because written information is only provided in french and corse and this guide opens the path to more information anyway! That's why i only give 4/5. But what we really liked was not only a wide range of provided knowledge (history, geography, geology, anthropology etc) but also access to the fort and an extended audio guide tour about architecture and the building as a whole as you walk up to the very top of the city!
James Harper (4 years ago)
Worth going in for the views from the citadel alone. The directional signage is available in English, but the exhibition signs are French and Italian only. Interesting enough though.
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