Santa Cristina Chapel

This chapel, classified as an historic monument, is undeniably a treasure of the Corsican heritage.

Localisation: Valle di Campoloro.

Built in the 9th century, partly destroyed around the 12th century and then finally restored in the 15th century by monks of Monte Cristo’s monastery ; this chapel and its uncommon architecture is worth the detour. During his trip to Corsica, Prosper Merimée introduced it to France and beyond borders, which lead to its listing, in 1890, as a historic monument.

Remarkable by its unusual architecture and frescoes in a perfect state of preservation, this chapel, unique in Corsica, won’t let you indifferent. The origins of this chapel and its unusual twin apses are only hypothetical: the extension of the second altar might be a merging of the eight surrounding chapels, which worshiped several saints, that have been merged together after their destruction because of a lack of means. The frescoes on the two apses, dating from 1473, are worth to be seen. Unfortunately, the frescoes are partly damaged and illegible in places, but remain of a good quality for their age, and of an undeniably originality… That’s why you can’t miss this place!

Every year, on the 24th of July, a Mass is said inside the chapel at 11 am, following by a banquet under hazelnut trees. In the late afternoon a procession occurs in Muchjetu village, as well as a village dance in the evening.

Since its restoration in 2010, the chapel is locked. You can find the key at the Costa Verde Tourist Office, or at the city hall of Valle-di-Campuloru.

You can go there by feet starting in Muchjetu Suttanu or by car: on the RT10 road, take the junction “Cappella Santa Cristina”, continue for 3 km until the red sign “charcuterie artisanale” then turn right, and continue until the end of the road.

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