Corte, Haute-Corse

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Corte
Corti
Citadel
Citadel
Coat of arms of Corte
Coat of arms
Corte is located in France
Corte
Corte
Coordinates: 42°18′23″N 9°09′05″E / 42.3064°N 9.1514°E / 42.3064; 9.1514Coordinates: 42°18′23″N 9°09′05″E / 42.3064°N 9.1514°E / 42.3064; 9.1514
Country France
Region Corsica
Department Haute-Corse
Arrondissement Corte
Canton Corte
Intercommunality Centre Corse
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Antoine Sindali
Area
 • Land1 149.27 km2 (57.63 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 6,779
 • Population2 density 45/km2 (120/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 2B096 / 20250
Elevation 299–2,626 m (981–8,615 ft)
(avg. 486 m or 1,594 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Corte (French: [kɔʁ.te] ; Italian pronunciation: [ˈkorte],[1] Corsican Corti) is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica. It is the fourth-largest commune in Corsica (after Ajaccio, Bastia, and Porto-Vecchio).

Administration[edit]

Corte is a subprefecture of the Haute-Corse department.

History[edit]

Corte was the capital of the Corsican independent state during the period of Pasquale Paoli.

During World War I, German prisoners of war were kept in the Citadel.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1800 2,092 —    
1806 3,073 +46.9%
1821 2,735 −11.0%
1831 3,282 +20.0%
1836 3,587 +9.3%
1841 3,505 −2.3%
1846 4,599 +31.2%
1851 4,719 +2.6%
1856 4,676 −0.9%
1861 5,754 +23.1%
1866 6,094 +5.9%
1872 5,426 −11.0%
1876 5,018 −7.5%
1881 5,136 +2.4%
1886 5,002 −2.6%
1891 5,029 +0.5%
1896 5,000 −0.6%
1901 5,425 +8.5%
1906 5,188 −4.4%
1911 5,211 +0.4%
1921 5,094 −2.2%
1926 5,267 +3.4%
1931 5,396 +2.4%
1936 6,014 +11.5%
1946 5,310 −11.7%
1954 5,033 −5.2%
1962 5,066 +0.7%
1968 4,948 −2.3%
1975 5,230 +5.7%
1982 5,177 −1.0%
1990 5,693 +10.0%
1999 6,329 +11.2%
2008 6,779 +7.1%

Sights[edit]

Sites of interest include the Fortress (A citadella), the Museum of Corsica (Museu di a Corsica), and the University of Corsica (Università di Corsica).

Transport[edit]

National roads lead to Ajaccio and Bastia.

Corte is also linked to Ajaccio, Bastia and Calvi by the Chemin de fer de la Corse (Corsican Railway), and is served by trains running between Ajaccio and Calvi, and Ajaccio and Bastia.

Climate[edit]

Corte has a mediterranean climate, sometimes alpine during the winter, with 52 summer days and 56 frost days.

Climate data for Corte
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 9.9
(49.8)
10.3
(50.5)
11.8
(53.2)
14.2
(57.6)
17.9
(64.2)
22
(72)
25.1
(77.2)
25.2
(77.4)
22.5
(72.5)
18.2
(64.8)
14
(57)
11.1
(52)
16.85
(62.35)
Daily mean °C (°F) 7
(45)
7.3
(45.1)
8.6
(47.5)
10.9
(51.6)
14.5
(58.1)
18.2
(64.8)
21.1
(70)
21.1
(70)
18.8
(65.8)
15
(59)
11.1
(52)
8.2
(46.8)
13.48
(56.31)
Average low °C (°F) 4.2
(39.6)
4.3
(39.7)
5.5
(41.9)
7.7
(45.9)
11.1
(52)
14.4
(57.9)
17.1
(62.8)
17.1
(62.8)
15.1
(59.2)
11.8
(53.2)
8.2
(46.8)
5.3
(41.5)
10.15
(50.28)
Precipitation mm (inches) 67
(2.64)
78
(3.07)
70
(2.76)
56
(2.2)
44
(1.73)
29
(1.14)
12
(0.47)
29
(1.14)
52
(2.05)
93
(3.66)
95
(3.74)
87
(3.43)
712
(28.03)
Source: climate-data.org

Education[edit]

Corte has become a major university town in Corsica since the Pasquale Paoli University opened up again in 1980s.

Personalities[edit]

Corte was the birthplace of Joseph Bonaparte (1768–1844), the eldest brother of the French Emperor Napoleon I, who made him King of Naples (1806–1808) and Spain (1808–1813).

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