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Commune of Bastia
Région Corse
Département Haute-Corse (préfecture)
Arrondissement Bastia
Canton Chief town of 7 cantons
Intercommunality Communauté
d'agglomération de Bastia
Mayor Émile Zuccarelli (2001-2008)
Land area¹ 19.38 km²
Population² 37,884 (1999)
Population density 1,955 pers./km² (1999)
Altitude 0 m - 963 m (avg. 30 m)
INSEE/Postal code 2B033 (formerly 20033) / 20200
1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km².
2 Not counting those already counted in another commune (such as students and military personnel).

Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... Credit: Greudin (2002) License: GFDL File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... France is divided into 26 régions: 21 of these are in the continental part of metropolitan France, one is Corse on the island of Corsica (although strictly speaking Corse is in fact a territorial collectivity, not a région, but is referred to as a région in common... This article is about the Mediterranean island. ... The départements (or departments) are administrative units of France and many former French colonies, roughly analogous to British counties. ... Haute-Corse is a French département. ... In France, a préfecture is the capital city of a département. ... The 100 French départements are divided into 342 arrondissements. ... The arrondissement of Bastia is an arrondissement of France, located in the Haute-Corse département, in the Corse région. ... The canton is an administrative division of France. ... The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger,greater) is in modern times the title of the highest ranking municipal officer, who discharges certain judicial and administrative functions, in many systems an elected politician, who serves as chief executive and/or ceremonial official of many types of municipalities. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... INSEE is the French abbreviation for the French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (French: Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques). ... Estuaries and coastal waters are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth, providing numerous ecological, economic, cultural, and aesthetic benefits and services. ...


Coordinates: 42°42′03″N, 9°27′1″E

Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

Location within France
Location within France

Bastia (French & Corsican: Bastia), is a town and commune of northern Corsica, in France. It is the préfecture (capital) of the Haute-Corse département and has a population of approximately 40,000 inhabitants. Bastia is also an important Corsican port and is famous for its wines. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1804x1736, 175 KB) Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1804x1736, 175 KB) Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Corsican (Corsu or Lingua Corsa) is a Romance language spoken on the island of Corsica (France), alongside French, which is the official language. ... The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic. ... Capital Ajaccio Land area¹ 8,680 km² President of the Executive Council Ange Santini (UMP) (since 2004) Population   - Jan. ... In France, a préfecture is the capital city of a département. ... Haute-Corse is a French département. ... The départements (or departments) are administrative units of France and many former French colonies, roughly analogous to English counties. ...

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Geography

Situated in the northeast of Corsica, at the base of Cap Corse, Bastia is the principal port of the island and its principal commercial town. The average annual temperature is about 15.3 degrees Celsius and there are usually 5 days of freezing weather per year. The wind in Bastia is frequent and violent and the annual rainfall is copious (more than 700 mm). However, there are about 340 days of sunshine per year. Capital Ajaccio Land area¹ 8,680 km² President of the Executive Council Ange Santini (UMP) (since 2004) Population   - Jan. ...


History

Before the occupation of Corsica by the Genoese, Cardo was a large city. Around the city were little villages where the fishermen of Cardo lived. This little port was called Porto Cardo, which means "the port of Cardo." Country Italy Region Liguria Province Genoa (GE) Mayor Giuseppe Pericu (since May 30, 2002) Elevation 20 m Area 243 km² Population  - Total (as of April 30, 2005) 611,476  - Density 2,571/km² Time zone CET, UTC+1 Coordinates Gentilic Genovesi Dialing code 010 Postal code 16100 Patron St. ...


The Genoese felt the need for shelter from the sea storms and began to construct, in the time of governor Leonello Lomellini, in 1380, a bastiglia, also known as a stronghold or citadel. Events September 8 - Battle of Kulikovo - Russian forces under Grand Prince Dmitrii Ivanovich defeat a mixed army of Tatars and Mongols (the Golden Horde), stopping their advance at Kulikovo. ...


With time, the bastiglia (Bastia) became more prosperous and important than Cardo.


Bastia was the capital of Corsica until 1791. 1791 (MDCCXCI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 11-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


Economy

The census of 1999 gives the figure of 39,016 inhabitants, an increase of .01% since 1990. Ten percent of the population consists of foreigners. The unemployment rate is very high, 20% in 2004.


Monuments and places of interest

The museum of Corsica.


Miscellaneous

Famous people

Bastia was the birthplace of:

English barrister 16th century painting of a civil law notary, by Flemish painter Quentin Massys. ... John Toussaint Bernard (March 6, 1893–August 6, 1983) was an American politician, representing Minnesota in the House of Representatives. ... A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ... Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives is, along with the United States Senate, one of the two houses of the Congress of the United States. ... Angelo Rinaldi (b. ... The Académie française, or French Academy, is the pre-eminent French learned body on matters pertaining to the French language. ... Pasquale Paoli (1725 - 1807) () was a Corsican general and patriot, who headed the unsuccessful Corsican struggle for independence, first from Genoa, then from France. ...

Twinning

Bastia is twinned with Erding, in Bavaria, Germany. Erding is a town in Bavaria, capital of the district Erding. ... The Free State of Bavaria  (German: Freistaat Bayern), with an area of 70,553 km² (27,241 square miles) and 12. ...


See also

Sporting Club de Bastia is a French football team, playing in the town of Bastia, Corsica. ...

External links

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Bastia - LoveToKnow 1911 (343 words)
BASTIA, a town and seaport on the eastern coast of the island of Corsica, 98 m.
Bastia, the chief commercial town in Corsica, consists of the densely-populated quarter of the old port with its labyrinth of steep and narrow streets, and of a more modern quarter to the north, which has grown up round the new port.
Rising from the sea-shore like an amphitheatre, Bastia presents an imposing appearance, which is enhanced by the loftiness of its houses; it has, however, little of architectural interest to offer.
Bastia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (356 words)
Bastia (French and Corsican: Bastia), is a town and commune of northern Corsica, in France.
Situated in the northeast of Corsica, at the base of Cap Corse, Bastia is the principal port of the island and its principal commercial town.
Bastia is twinned with Erding, in Bavaria, Germany.
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