Place Foch and Palais Fesch in Ajaccio, Corsica, France

In Place Foch in Ajaccio, Corsica, France stands a statue of Napoleon dressed as first consul in a toga with a dove on his head.  Ajaccio has been described as one large monument to Napoleon with a few houses around it and, indeed, it might seem so to a visitor on a guided tour.  Even the Palais Fesch, built at the bequest of Cardinal Fesch (uncle of Napoleon Bonaparte) includes a Napoleonic collection.  Still, in the courtyard of Palais Fesch, stands a statue of the Cardinal himself, not Napoleon.  The Palais Fesch structure has served in the past as a military barracks, an institute of study for boys, a soup kitchen (during World War II), and a museum.  The present use of the building as a museum specializing in Italian painting dates from the late 1980s.

Statue of Napoleon at Place Foch

Statue of Napoleon at Place Foch

SOURCE:  Statue of Napoleon at Place Foch (Ajaccio, Corsica, France); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 August 2011.

Detail of Statue of Napoleon at Place Foch

Detail of Statue of Napoleon at Place Foch

SOURCE:  Detail of Statue of Napoleon at Place Foch (Ajaccio, Corsica, France); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 August 2011.

Statue of Cardinal Fesch at Palais Fesch

Statue of Cardinal Fesch at Palais Fesch

SOURCE:  Statue of Cardinal Fesch at Palais Fesch (Ajaccio, Corsica, France); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 August 2011.

Sign at Palais Fesch

Sign at Palais Fesch

SOURCE:  Sign at Palais Fesch (Ajaccio, Corsica, France); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 August 2011.

Copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Danko

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