National Geographic : 1923 Sep
Photograph byMaynard Owen Williams THE OLD PORT AT BASTIA, WITH THE CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST TOTHE RIGHT When approached from the sea instead of by rail from Ajaccio, Bastia presents an imposing appearance. Itslofty houses encircling thewater front suggest a vast amphitheater. The chief exports of this port, the commercial metropolis of Corsica, are chestnut extract, used intanning, citrons, oranges, early vegetables, and fish-especially sardines. In the days of Genoese ascendency in Corsica, Bastia was theprincipal stronghold inthe northern half of the island and the place of residence of the governor.