Visit the St. John the Baptist Cathedral of Calvi

The Saint Jean-Baptiste Cathedral in Calvi was built in the classically Baroque style in the 13th century.

Visiting the Citadel of Calvi goes perfectly with a tour of this imposing cathedral from the early Middle Ages.

The Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste, designed in the form of a Greek church, is home to a number of beautiful works of art, such as:

  • Baptismal fonts
  • A polychrome marble altar
  • The Christ of Miracles

History

The Cathedral hasn't had a particularly lucky history - partially destroyed by a Franco-Turk siege, followed by a bolt of lightning, the building was restored in 1570.

Located in the upper town in the old Genoise fortress, the Cathedral became a residence of the Bishops of Sagone in 1625 after fleeing Barbary pirates in Vico.

Historical Monument and Cultural Site

The religious edifice has now been officially classified as a Historical Monument.

It is now the site of many different cultural events, including the Rencontres de chants polyphoniques, which takes place in September of each year.

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