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 IXth century, partly destroyed around the XIIth century, then finally restored in the XVth century by monks of Monte Cristo’s monastery ; this chapel with an uncommon architecture is worth the detour. During his trip in Corsica, Prosper Merimée make it known to the France and beyond the borders, that’s how it is listed, in 1890, historical monument.

Remarkable by its unusual architecture and frescos in a perfect state of preservation, this chapel unique in Corsica won’t let you indifferent. The originality of this chapel and its twin apses can be explain in an hypothetical way : the growth of the second altar would be a merging of eight surrounding chapels, worshiped to several saints, which would have been reunited after their destructions for lack of means. Frescos on the two apses, dating from 1473, are worth the journey. Unfortunately frescos are in places damaged and illegible, but are still of superior quality for the time, and undeniably originals… That’s why you can’t miss this place !

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

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

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

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