Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Bastia Church

Bastia, France

The Church of Saint John the Baptist (1636) is one of the most emblematic monuments of the city of Bastia. Overlooking the Old Port, it was built from 1583 but experienced many additional worksjobs through the ages. It features a high classical façade, largely hidden by neighbouring buildings and a baroque interior from the 18th century.

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Founded: 1636
Category: Religious sites in France

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Emilio Nadal (2 years ago)
Rien n'a direxx
Antoine Romantini (2 years ago)
Plus grande église de corse 3600m2 extérieur rénover mais l'intérieur est dans son jus peinture et marbles genois
Jean Orsni (3 years ago)
J ai remarqué que depuis quelques moi qu elle accessible en fauteuil roulant merci
Odile Grosperrin (3 years ago)
J'aime cette paroisse le prêtre fait des bons prêches le dimanche et une belle chorale Messe ou les fidèles participe J'adore st Jean -Batiste à Bastia 10/10
Natalia Riabtseva (5 years ago)
Worth to visit
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