By Fabrizio Ardito
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Corsica has some splendid examples of Romanesque church architecture, mostly dating from the late 11th century onwards, during Pisan rule. These churches often have an aisle-less nave with a semicircular apse, while the façade is decorated with blind arches and panels that continue along the sides. Polychrome marble is also a characteristic feature. Bas-relief with the Lamb of God above the portal. Half-pilasters with simple lines Polychrome marble on the façade of a Romanesque church Single portal La Canonica Church (see p148) has extremely simple lines and an interior with two aisles.
At this time the island also offers many festivals to enjoy. JUNE St Erasmus’s Feast Day (2 Jun), Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi. The feast day of the patron saint of fishermen includes a procession in the sea. Cavall’in Festa (early Jun), Corte. Horse festival with parades in period costumes, shows, contests, exhibitions and displays. Thu throughout Jul), Ajaccio. Changing of the Guard ceremony, in costume. Wine Fair (first weekend of Jul), Luri. La Relève des Gouverneurs (11 July), Bastia. Commemoration of an historical event with a procession in the citadel.
Trade show of Corsican handicrafts. Festimare (early y May), y L’Île Rousse. A sea festival for young people. Ste-Restitute’s Feast Day (late May), Calenzana. Pilgrimage, procession. Île Danse (late May), Ajaccio. Dance festival with leading European companies. Régates Impériales (late May), Ajaccio. A regatta on old sailing boats in the Gulf of Ajaccio. MARCH Our Lady of Mercy Feast (18 Mar), Ajaccio, with a procession and solemn mass. Bastia Film Festival (Mar). A celebration of international film production.
Corsica by Fabrizio Ardito