|Sightseeing in Corfu town
Old Fortress: What you can
see of Corfu Town today owes its architecture largely to the
Venetians. The town was originally founded in the Byzantine
Era on the site of the Old Fortress where the entire
population of the town lived for a long time. During the
Venetian occupation the town gradually spread out. The modern
town also has French and British influences. The Old Fort
although partly demolished by the British when they returned
the Ionian Islands to Greece, still contains some impressive
fortifications including some by the famous architect
Martinego and is open to visitors. Look for the statue of
Marshall Schulenberg by Corradini and the old bell tower.
Inside the fortress there is one of the most beautiful
churches in Corfu: St.George's that was built by the British.
Sound & Light presentations are offered here in the
New Fortress: The New
Fortress near the Old Port was started by the Venetians in
1575 and completed in 1645. The British added to it. Today it
is houses navy offices but it is open to visitors. Look out
for the giant Venetian Lion over the main gateway.
beautiful l6th century church situated in St. Spiridon's St.,
is the church dedicated to St. Spiridon, the Patron Saint of
the island. Each year on four occasions the remains of the
saint are paraded through the streets in celebration. You may
visit the church at anytime. Dress suitably.
Orthodox Cathedral is in a square just off the Old Port and
the Catholic Cathedral (a restored l4th Century building) can
be found in the Town Hall Square (Platia Dimarchiou).
Hall itself was built in the l7th century and is an exquisite
example of Venetian architecture.
of social life in Corfu Town is undoubtedly to be found at the
Espianade. The town gardens with their bandstand and the
Liston Arcade offer a welcome break from the summer heat.
Arcade was built during the French occupation (1807-1814) by
the father of Ferdinand Lesseps, the builder of the Suez
At the north
end of the Esplanade is the Palace of St. Michael & St.
George built by the
English in the early l9th century as the Governor's Palace.
Just out of
town on the National Road to Paleokastritsa you will find the
Monastery of Platytera. Dating from 1743, it has several fine
icons and a superb bell tower.
You may also
like to take a short boat trip to the island of Vidos near the
old port. This tranquil wooded islet has old Russian
fortifications and a small amphitheatre.
City of Kerkyra was built around the suburbs of Garitsa,
Anemomylos and Kanoni and was founded around the 8th century
B.C. You can see a number of sites being excavated.
Anemomylos there is the l0th century Byzantine church of
St. Jason & St. Sosipatros.
in Kanoni is the Palace of Mon Repos where Prince Philip was
born. Across the road is an early Christian Basilica and past
it, towards the airport, an early Byzantine monastery next to
the ruins of the Temple of Artemis.
the very end of Kanoni you'll find the tiny
ancient Kardaki spring and temple is reached by a path from
Analipsis - the highest point of Kanoni.
Archaeological Museum: 3 Vraila St. (just off Garitsa Bay road
near the Corfu Palace Hotel). Hours: 8.30 -15.00. Every day
except Mondays. Tel: 30680.
of Byzantine Art is housed in the Church of Antivouniotissa,
up a flight of steps off Arseniou St. Hours: 8.30 -15.00.
Capodistria Museum: Koukouritsa, Tel: 32440.
Museum at Danilia Village: For information call 91621.
of Far Eastern Art is housed n the Palace of St. Michael &
St. George. Check with the Tourist Office for details.
of Paper Money: Situated on the first floor of the Ionian Bank
in Iroon Kypriakou Agonos Sq. off N.Theotoki St. Open every
day from 9 -13.00.
Museum in Sinarades: Open every day except Monday from 9.30
Museum off Arseniou St. Open 9.30 -14.00 Everyday except Sat.
& Sun. Tel: 30674.
Museum in Moustoxidou St. Open from 9.00 -13.00 Mon. Fri. Tel:
Reading Society : 120 Kapodistriou St. Open every morning till
13.00 Tel: 39528
Art Gallery housed in the Castello Mansion grounds in Kato
Korakiana. Open 10.00 -17.00 every day except Monday.