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Calvi is a small town on the island of Corsica, where Christopher Columbus is said to have been born. Moreover, residents piously believe in this and show tourists his alleged home. However, this has not been proven.
There is also a monument dedicated to the navigator: the bow of the ship, fortified in a stone wall. From a distance, from the side of the sea, the city attracts the eye with the ridge of ocher buildings that stand out against the background of the mountains. Three huge bastions protect the city from this side. Calvi has always, from the very beginning, defended himself against the French conquerors. On the gates to the city, the inscription is engraved:"Citizens of Calvi are always faithful".
Historical objects such as the massive Palace of Governors with two towers, converted into barracks, are located in the city. a medieval watchtower located at the end of the magnificent Landry embankment and called the"Salt Tower" (earlier it was used to store the salt brought to the city). The city's social life is always concentrated on the embankment, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops.
Not far from the city is the Asco River Valley - one of the most mountainous areas of Corsica with an impressive pine forest and vast beaches.
In the middle of the 20th century, Calvi was a meeting place for representatives of the European elite. Today the city does not look very organic, modern structures (marinas, clothing boutiques) create a sharp contrast with the surrounding villages.
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Topic: City of Calvi in France, resort of Corsica.