The Convent San Francescu of Oletta, located on the island of Corsica, is a magical and poetic place. Dating back to the Eighteenth Century, the Franciscan convent was one of the most important on the island.
Left to ruins after its last restoration and reconstruction, artist Candida Romero spent 11 years to restore the compound to its current glory.
Minimal and bare, San Francescu has a contemporary feeling while respecting the original functionalities of the convent.
San Francescu today has new life, where old nun’s quarters have been renovated into stark rooms with dashes of color, the Baroque Church maintains a spiritual charm, the music salon is rife with harmonies, and a Renaissance and poetic garden envelop the stone building.
The convent is truly a unique place under the Corsican sun, where you can experience an ascetic lifestyle surrounded by Mediterranean natural beauty.
Text by Ryan Moritz