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Bastia was founded in 1378, when the Genoese governor Leonello Lomellini left the Castle of Biguglia to establish a fortified site « a Bastia« .
The site overlooked a small fishing port known then as Porto cardo (the present Vieux Port, or Old Port).
Succeeding governors used the same residence.
From this installation of Genoese citizens and from the construction of ramparts to protect the new habitation grew a new quarter: Terra Nova (the present Citadel).
The old Porto Cardo then became known as Terra Vecchia.
The ramparts were completed in 1480 and fifty years later, in 1530, the Governors’ Palace was completed, backing onto the old keep.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, the high town followed the traditions of Genoese towns: straight streets in a grid pattern.
Many religious brotherhoods were set up and an intense cultural life developed.
From the end of the 18th century, the town prospered and its population grew considerably. During the 19th century, the town stretched towards the north and to higher ground. The urban landscape was in profound change: construction of the Law Courts, extension of the Place Saint Nicolas, construction of many bourgeois residences on wide boulevards.
The heart of the town already had the basic appearance that we can admire today.