Achilleion Palace

Gastouri, Corfu

The palace was built in the period 1889-1891 as the residence of the Empress of Austria Sissy. It to ...

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Gastouri, Corfu

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Εvery Day 08:00-19:00 Weekends 08:00-14:30

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The palace was built in the period 1889-1891 as the residence of the Empress of Austria Sissy. It took the name from the mythical hero Achilles.Princess Sissy was passionate with the Greek Mythology and decorated the palace with statues representing the 12 Olympian Gods, the 9 Muses and Achilles. During the First and Second World War the palace was abandoned and inevitably pillaged by the enemy. After years of rebuilding and restoration, the palace was finally restored to its former beauty.

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Public Library of Corfu

"English Baracks ""Old Fortress"" Corfu"

The Public Library of Corfu is the oldest Public Library in Greece.The bibliophile Canonical Jacob F ...

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"English Baracks ""Old Fortress"" Corfu"

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Monday and Thursday:08:00-17:30

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The Public Library of Corfu is the oldest Public Library in Greece.The bibliophile Canonical Jacob Francis Xaverio Canal, deputy Archbishop of Corfu, donated the first nucleus of the Public Library. He died in 1758 and according to his will, left to the Corfiot Community his rich in quantity and quality library that he kept in the convent of Santa Giustina in Garitsa. In addition he deposited the amount of two hundred golden zecchini at the pawnshop, so that with the interest of these money, to maintain, keep and enrich the books with new publications.

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Panagia Vlacherna Church

Kanoni Penisnula

This small chapel is located to the islet Vlacherna. ...

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Kanoni Penisnula

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Εvery Day 07:00-19:00

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This small chapel is located to the islet Vlacherna. The islet is reachable through a small cobble-stone bridge that is connected with Kanoni.In this narrow black bridge small boats can moor.

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Agios Spyridonas Church

Agios Spyridonos Str

This is an important Post-Byzantine monument and the most famous church of the island. Agios Spyrido ...

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Agios Spyridonos Str

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Εvery Day 07:00-19:00

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This is an important Post-Byzantine monument and the most famous church of the island. Agios Spyridonas is the Patron Saint of the town.It is a single-aisle Basilica, with wooden tile roof. The architecture of the church is typical of the Venetian architecture: long with a low ceiling. Its tower bell is the highest in town! The tower bell was constructed in the beginning of the 17th century and resembles the one in the church of Saint George in Venice. Their difference is spotted on the red dome.

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Agios Spyridonas Churchsacral objects

The Metropolitan Church of Kerkyra, known as Panagia (Virgin Mary) Spileotissa, is situated where th ...

Metropolitan Church of KerkyraSacral objects

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Mitropoli Square

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Εvery Day 07:00-19:00

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The Metropolitan Church of Kerkyra, known as Panagia (Virgin Mary) Spileotissa, is situated where the old church of St. Vlasios stood and was built in 1577. The church is dedicated to three saints, Panagia Spileotissa, since after the destruction of the church the icon of Panagia Spileotissa was brought here, to St. Vlasios and to St. Theodora.
The church is in the category among the Eptanesian Basilica tri-aisle churches and in the front view it stands out for its renaissance elements.

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Panagia (Virgin Mary) Mandrakina

Iroon Agoniston Politexniou

The church of Virgin Mary Mandrakina, which is dedicated to Virgin Mary and to Saint Panteleimonas, ...

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Iroon Agoniston Politexniou

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Εvery Day 07:00-19:00

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The church of Virgin Mary Mandrakina, which is dedicated to Virgin Mary and to Saint Panteleimonas, was built in the 18th century. In 1944 it suffered serious destruction and was restored after approximately five years.

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San Nicolo dei Vecchi

Vouthrotou 18

The Holy Temple of Saint Nikolaos of Geronton, San Nicolo dei Vecchi, was built in the beginning of ...

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Vouthrotou 18

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Εvery Day 07:00-19:00

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The Holy Temple of Saint Nikolaos of Geronton, San Nicolo dei Vecchi, was built in the beginning of the16th century. The church of Saint Nikolaos of Geronton belongs, as most post byzantine churches of Corfu, to the basilica one-aisle churches, with the wooden tile roof and a perimetric corridor.

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San Nicolo dei Vecchisacral objects

The Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George are located on the northern part of the Spianada, the C ...

Museum of Asiatic Art (Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George)Museums and galleries

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Palaia Anaktora of Corfu

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Every Day 08:30-15:30. Closed on Monday

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The Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George are located on the northern part of the Spianada, the Corfu town historical centre square. It is the largest and the most significant building of the English rule period, which started in 1814 and ended in 1864 when the Ionian Islands were reunified with the rest of Greece. oday, the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George houses the Corfu Museum of Asian Art, the only one of its kind in Greece, solely dedicated to the art and antiquities of the Far East and India.

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The museum was founded in 1981 and it is housed in the building of the Ionian Bank. It is the only m ...

Banknote MuseumMuseums and galleries

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Every Day 09:00-15:00 Closed on Monday and Tuesday

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The museum was founded in 1981 and it is housed in the building of the Ionian Bank. It is the only museum of Banknotes in Greece and one of the few globally.The very interesting exhibits include collections of banknotes, bank documents, printing matrices, photographs as well as the whole process of bank note manufacturing; from the initial draft and the printing until the destruction of old banknotes.

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Solomos Museum

Αrseniou 1, Corfu

This museum is dedicated on the honor of the Greek National poet Dionysios Solomos. ...

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Αrseniou 1, Corfu

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June-Aug: 9:30-14:00, Sept-May: 9:30 - 13:00

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This museum is dedicated on the honor of the Greek National poet Dionysios Solomos. It is housed in his residence where Solomos spent the biggest part of his life creating marvelous works. The house suffered some damage in the World War II but it was restored and it is preserved until now.

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Solomos Museummuseums and galleries

This is a land of 158 acres covered in rich flora and beautiful gardens full of flowers. It is 3km a ...

Archeological Museum in Palaiopoli /Mon ReposMuseums and galleries

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Palaiopolis, Corfu

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May to October Every Day 08:30-15:00. Closed on Monday

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This is a land of 158 acres covered in rich flora and beautiful gardens full of flowers. It is 3km away from the town of Corfu and it is extended up to the hill of Analipsi.The building was constructed in 1831 as the summer residence of the English Commissioner Frederic Adam. The mansion has accommodated the Empress of Austria Sissy and the Italian commander of Ionian Islands (during the domination). The exhibition of the museum includes many archaeological relics, Byzantine remains, documents, portraits and furniture from the British rule.

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Kapodistrias Museum

Koukourista, Corfu

The museum was founded in 1981 and it was donated from Maria Desilla- Kapodistria. ...

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Koukourista, Corfu

Opening Hours

Every Day 08:30-15:00.

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The museum was founded in 1981 and it was donated from Maria Desilla- Kapodistria. It is located in the area Koukouritsa in the property of Kapodistrias family. Visiors can visit the first Greek Governor’s house and can admire his personal belongings and the elegant furniture.

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Kapodistrias Museummuseums and galleries

The museum is in the church of Panagia Antivouniotissa, which is one of the oldest monuments (15th c ...

Antivouniotisa Museum (Byzantine Museum)Museums and galleries

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Old Fortress of Corfu

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Every Day 08:30-15:00. Closed on Monday

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The museum is in the church of Panagia Antivouniotissa, which is one of the oldest monuments (15th century) on the island. The church was donated to the Greek State by its owners on the premise of a museum construction.The museum exhibits 90 icons dated back to the first half of the 15th century to the 19th century and reflect the island’s contribution to the Ecclesiastic art’s progress.The most significant icons of the collection are: ‘Theotokos Hodigitria of Kastelani’ (15th century), ‘Saints Stergios, Vakhos and Ioustini (M. Damaskinos), ‘The Epitaph’ and ‘The three Archangels’.

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Archeological Museum

Armeni Vraila 1, Corfu

The Archaeological Museum was built between 1962 - 1965, on a site that was donated by the Municipal ...

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Armeni Vraila 1, Corfu

Opening Hours

Every Day 08:30-15:00.

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The Archaeological Museum was built between 1962 - 1965, on a site that was donated by the Municipality of Corfu, and was inaugurated in 1967. The main purpose of its construction was the exhibition of the huge Gorgon pediment of the Artemis temple, excavated in Paleopolis in the beginning of the 20th century. In 1994 two more halls were added to the museum, where the new acquisitions from the resent excavations of the old town and the Garitsa cemetery were exhibited,

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Monument of Menekratis

Alkinoou str, Garitsa, Corfu

The monument of the 6th century B.C. was discovered in the area of Garitsa in 1843. The sign on this ...

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Alkinoou str, Garitsa, Corfu

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24 hours

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The monument of the 6th century B.C. was discovered in the area of Garitsa in 1843. The sign on this monument is one of the most ancient in Greece.

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Schulenburg Statue

Fortress of Corfu

Schulenburg was a German general and commander who contributed a lot in defending the Turkish siege ...

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Fortress of Corfu

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24 hours

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Schulenburg was a German general and commander who contributed a lot in defending the Turkish siege in 1716. The Venetians honored him by creating a statue in front of the Fortress.

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Maitland Peristyle

Spianada Square

The Peristyle is located to the southern edge of Spinada square. It is a circular Ionic order monume ...

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Spianada Square

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24 hours

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The Peristyle is located to the southern edge of Spinada square. It is a circular Ionic order monument constructed to honor the first English Commissioner Thomas Maitland. He was coronel and the leader of the English forces in Mediterranean and one of the strictest Commissioners. In 1717 he approved a non-liberal Constitution and he had an active role in the selling of the town of Parga to the Ottoman Ali Pasha.

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Kapodistrias Statue

Old Port of Corfu

Ioannis Kapodistrias was the first governor of the independent Greek State. ...

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Old Port of Corfu

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24 hours

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Ioannis Kapodistrias was the first governor of the independent Greek State. He was born in Corfu, from a noble family and studied medicine, philosophy and law in Italy. In 1797 he returned to his birthplace where he worked as a doctor and later he was assigned to manage the military hospital. His Statue stands in the In the Yacht Club of Corfu, near the port.

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Spianada Square

Old City of Corfu

Spianada is the largest square in Greece and is a significant spot of social interaction since happe ...

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Old City of Corfu

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24 hours

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Spianada is the largest square in Greece and is a significant spot of social interaction since happenings and parades takes place, concerts of classic music are performed and many of the Easter customs are revived there. It is a meeting place for locals and visitors. It has been designed based on the Royal European gardens. In the perimeter of the square there are the Liston, the Maitland’s Peristyle, the church of Agios Spyridon and the Old Prefecture.

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Nikiforou Theotoki Street

Nikiforou Theotoki, Corfu

It is one of the oldest streets in town and the main commercial axe. The street was prior to the Ven ...

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Nikiforou Theotoki, Corfu

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24 hours

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It is one of the oldest streets in town and the main commercial axe. The street was prior to the Venetian Wall and connected Spiniada with the New Fortress and the port. It was established as the commercial heart of the town from a very early period. Its wide morphology with the arcades benefited the commercial activity and led to financial prosperity. In the arcades there are now stores and leisure facilities.

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Liston

Old City of Corfu

Liston is located next to Spiniada square and is a complex which was built in the beginning of the 1 ...

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Old City of Corfu

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24 hours

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Liston is located next to Spiniada square and is a complex which was built in the beginning of the 19th century during the French occupation. The ground floor hosts restaurants and cafes and the upper floors include residences and professional offices. During the British Commissioner its arcades were extended and extra floors were added.Liston has been designed by the French architect Lesseps who was influenced a lot by the Parisian architecture. Lesseps collaborated with the Greek engineer I. Parmezan.

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Old Fortress

City of Corfu

The Old Fortress, situated in the eastern side of the town, on a rock constitutes a trademark for th ...

Old FortressCity walls and forts

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City of Corfu

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24 hours

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The Old Fortress, situated in the eastern side of the town, on a rock constitutes a trademark for the island and one of the most impressive Fortresses in Europe. It was constructed by the Venetians for the protection of the Byzantine settlement Xopoulio.This monument is worth touring since it consists of many interesting parts. The entrance is opposite Spiniada square and is reachable through a 60m long bridge that crosses the sea ditch. The bridge is 15m above the sea level and was constructed by the English in the 19th century. The initial bridge was wooden and mobile so it could be adjusted in case of attack.

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New Fortress

City of Corfu

The New Fortress was built in the beginning of the walling constructions of the settlement which was ...

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City of Corfu

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24 hours

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The New Fortress was built in the beginning of the walling constructions of the settlement which was outside the Old Fortress. Its construction lasted 12 years (from 1577 until 1588) under the Venetian engineer Francesco-Ferdinando Vitelli. The materials and the stones used had been taken from Palaiopoli.The New Fortress is located on the hill of Saint Marcus, northwestern from the Old Town. The impressive main gate (by the sea) is decorated with the emblem of Venice, the Lion of Saint Marcus. In order to visit the New Fortress one can enter from the southern gate which is less impressive than the main one.

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Palaiopolis

Palaiopolis, Corfu

The archaeological site of Palaiopoli is close to Mon Repos. ...

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Palaiopolis, Corfu

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May to October Every Day 08:30-15:00. Closed on Monday

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The archaeological site of Palaiopoli is close to Mon Repos. It is the ancient agora of Corfu and after excavations operated in the area the most important findings are: the agora, the Roman Baths and the temple of Kardakios in a Doric order. In the wide area of Palaiopoli you can visit the Museum with findings from the excavations.

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Kanoni

Kanoni Penisnula

Located to the peninsula Kanoni in the southern part of the town, this is one of the most well-known ...

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Kanoni Penisnula

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24 hours

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Located to the peninsula Kanoni in the southern part of the town, this is one of the most well-known sightseeing in the whole island. The site offers a panoramic view on Pontikonisi and on the islet of Panagia Vlachernas. The islet is connected to Kanoni with a long narrow cement bridge.

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Pontikonisi

Kanoni Penisnula

Pontikonisi is the trademark of the Corfu island. It is a small islet covered in rich flora. ...

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Kanoni Penisnula

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09:00-21:00

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Pontikonisi is the trademark of the Corfu island. It is a small islet covered in rich flora. On the islet there are the Monastery Pantokrator and a municipal café which operates in summer months.According to mythology Pontikonisi was Odysseus’ ship which was turned into a rock during a heavy storm. The storm caused the shipwreck and so Odysseus and his company were found in Corfu on their way to Ithaka. It has been called Pontikonisi (island of mice) because of its tiny size. It is one of the most photographed places in the island. The area of Kanoni and the islet of Vlacherna offer an amazing view of this picturesque green site.

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Panagia of Xenon – Faneromeni

Nikiforou Theotoki street

Near the temple of Saint Ioannis the Precursor, the church of Virgin Mary of Xenon (Foreigners) is f ...

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Nikiforou Theotoki street

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Εvery day 07:00-19:00

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Near the temple of Saint Ioannis the Precursor, the church of Virgin Mary of Xenon (Foreigners) is found. The holy Temple of Yperagia Theotokos (Virgin Mary) of Xenon was built by the priest Nicodemos, who was from Epirus and wanted to build the church for the refugees from Epirus, who came to Kerkyra after the persecutions during the Ottoman domination. The church of Virgin Mary of Foreigners belongs to the type of tri-aisle royal. The characteristic elements are the “ourania” (ceiling), which is the work of N. Koutouzis (18th century), as well as the temple’s chancel screen that is considered one of the most impressive gold plated decorated chancel screens of Kerkyra.

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The old City of Corfu is since 1997 in UNESCOS’ world heritage list and it is one of the most attractive and romantic places in Greece. The two forts of the town were designed by renowned Venetian engineers, in order to defend the maritime trading interests of the Republic of Venice against the Ottoman Empire. As the centuries went by, the forts were repaired and partly rebuilt several times, more recently during the 19th century, when Corfu was under British rule. The mainly neoclassical housing stock of the Old Town is partly from the Venetian period, partly of later construction, notably the 19th century. As a fortified Mediterranean port, both Corfu’s urban and port are notable for their high level of integrity and authenticity. Corfu’s forts, designed by the architect Sanmicheli, were an excellent example of fortification engineering, and it proved its worth through practical warfare.
Corfu has its own distinct identity, which is reflected not only in the design of its fortification system nut also in its neo-classical building stock. With those characteristics, Corfu can be placed alongside other major Mediterranean fortified port cities. The old city and port of Corfu, compose an architectural example of magnificent worldwide value in legitimacy as long as in its integrity.
The overall form of the fortifications, including the Old Citadel and the New Fort, has been fully maintained while the indications of Venetian occupation as long as primarily interventions from the British period are indisputably obvious.
The present form of the forts is the result from the works in the 19th and 20th centuries. The genuineness and integrity of the old city are those of a neo-classical city.
All this mixture of different architecture gives to Corfu Town a unique attractive character and aura that reminds of glamorous European.
Having been greatly expanded during the Venetian times, Corfu is separated in two parts; the northern and the southern part. The Old Town lies on the northern side between the Spianada Square and the new fortress. The square of the Esplanade (also called Spianada) is the central square of Corfu Town and the largest square in Balkans, which became public during the French occupation. Its design is based on the French garden architecture, consists of many organized trees and flower pots. The square is surrounded by elegant buildings, magnificent monuments and the old Venetian fortress which underlines the starting point of a contemporary city.

One of the most impressive buildings adjoining the square, is the Liston building which stands at the western side of Esplanade and was also built during the French occupation.

Its superior arched terrace, inspired by the architectural style of the Rue de Rivoli in Paris, houses some of the most delicate and exquisite cafes and restaurants in the island. Many other impressive monuments enhance Corfu Town, such as the Old and the New Fortress, the Town Hall, the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint Georges, and Achillion Palace. Corfu has innumerable sights and charms to offer its visitors ,and with all its beauty it is between the most significant Greek towns.

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