Santa Maria Assunta

The Northeast Coast

The remarkable Romanesque church of Santa Maria Assunta, 800m inland and known as ‘Cathedral of the Nebbio’, dates from 1140, when Corsica was under Pisan rule.

A glass case displays what’s said to be the mummified body of St-Flor, a 3rd-century Roman soldier, though as it was plucked from Rome’s catacombs in 1771, as a gift from the pope, it’s more likely to be a random corpse.

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