ajaccio, the foreigners' quarter
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The "foreigners' quarter" was built, from the middle of the 19th century, to welcome the first tourists to Ajaccio. As on the Côte d'Azur, many of these visitors were foreigners, mostly English, Swiss or Germans... The memory of this "belle époque" has been preserved by a few beautiful buildings, or by hotels that were once luxurious, but have now been transformed into housing or offices. This tour starts at the intersection of the Cours Napoléon and the Cours Grandval where the Place du Diamant (De Gaulle) is located. It was decided by Napoleon Bonaparte, First Consul. It is the most illustrious child of the city, on horseback, as a Roman emperor, surrounded by his four brothers, who is enthroned on the square. The Cours Grandval was originally lined with private residences and equally luxurious hotels. Some of them are still there: The Grand Hôtel, the headquarters of the Collectivité Territoriale de Corse, is notably remarkable for its façade and the beautiful garden that separates it from the street. The Château Conti, which was once a surgical clinic, is now closed. The Cyrnos palace has become an apartment complex. Going up the street, on the right, there is a curiosity: the Anglican church, which the English community had built for their worship in the 19th century. At the top of the courtyard, on the Place d'Austerlitz, is the large monument to Napoleon, built in 1938. One can see a rock shelter where the future emperor would have come as a child to play and meditate, the Napoleon cave. The main ornament, however, remains the large granite monument, where the main battles and achievements of the first empire are engraved. The bronze statue of Napoleon is a replica of a statue in the courtyard of the Invalides in Paris.
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Town of departure : Ajaccio - Place De Gaulle
Destination city : Ajaccio - Boulevard Sylvestre Marcaggi
- In the family
à 110 m
Flats - 3 * King of Rome
à 52 m
Restaurant - La Taverne du 20123
à 55 m
Place De Gaulle-Statue of Napoleon with his four brothers
à 77 m
Palais des Congrès
à 85 m