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L'le-Rousse is a village located in the Haute-Corse dpartement of Corsica, France. It has a land area of 2.5 square kilometers and a population of less than 3,000. In Corsican, it is known as Isula Rossa, which means Red Island because its islets have red porphyry. Interestingly, unlike other communes in the Haute-Corse that have Corsican names, it has a French name.
L'le-Rousse was inhabited even in the ancient times. However, it was only in 1758 that L'le-Rousse was founded by Pasquale Paoli in order to create a port in the northwest of Corsica.
The town of Pascal Paoli has rectilinear paved streets. The restored streets remain a tourist attraction in the commune. L'le-Rousse also has several commercial and fishing ports.
L'le-Rousse has still kept and restored many of its old houses and structures. The old houses still boast of Florentine staircases and structures. Some notable places to visit in L'le-Rousse are the religious buildings that were constructed in the 1700's and in 1740 the old church was built in L'le-Rousse. However, it was destroyed in the 1930's. Next to a Franciscan convent is the church of Notre Dame de Misricorde. The church of Immacule Conception de Marie, the parish church of L'le-Rousse, has date palms that were planted in the 1800's.
L'le-Rousse has the culture of France and of Corsica. As a traveler experiences summer under the shade of the plane trees in the central squares, one would also notice the exotic blend of French and Corsican cultures.