The Palace of the Governors
The Museum of
The corsican Museum of Ethnography sets since 1952 in the ancient palace of the
genoese Governors. It presents out of nine hundred square metres art and popular
traditions collections and it organizes temporary expositions and colloquiums
on themes linked with Corsica.
A Visit ...
The museum presents in the Western Wing a part of the programme of arts and popular
traditions with the population of Corsica, the apiculture, the chestnut, the olive,
the agricultural techniques, vine, wine, pastoral activities, craft industry...,
the Corsican at his home, the Corsican and the religion, the Corsican and the
law, the Corsican and the policy, the exchanges, the muleteers, the fairs, the
festivals, and the games.
The presentation continues with the corsican nature, the man and the natural
environment, the settlement.
In the lowest part of the palace, the old genoese jails are opened for visit.
The rooms of the first floor of the Eastern wing are destined to Corsica during
the antiquity and to Bastia, capital of the kingdom of Corsica.
On the second floor, the ceremonial rooms, where the governor gave his audiences
and where took place the elections of tyre "podestats", of the councils
of the Ancients and of the Thirty and also of all the magistrates who dealt
with the town's administration, all these rooms will receive the paintings that
the Cardinal Fesch has bequeathed
to the town of Bastia, paintings which are now in restore in the palace of Versailles.
During summer, a dissolve slide show presents in the courtyard on a giant-size
screen of thirty six square metres, a spectacle of twenty five minutes on the
history of Bastia, every tuesday and saturday in July and August. This presentation
can be done, on request, in four languages. Janine SERAFINI Curator
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