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Corfu Town Sightseeing

If we had to present everything worth visiting and seeing within the town, we would certainly have to give you only the most important monuments and places to be, just a hint to further investigation and planning according to your own interests and mood.

Let’s start from the church of Aghios Spyridon, the protector saint of the town; the church is a one-aisle basilica with wooden roof, established in 1589. The relics of the saint are kept here within a gold-plated reliquary, decorated with precious stones. It is also worth seeing the icon screen of the church made of marble, the icons and a lot of religious souvenirs and votive offerings. Once visiting the church, the locals will ask you if you have seen the bell tower, of which they are very proud. And they are right, as it is really impressive, the highest in town.  Apart from this historic church it is also worth visiting the church of Panaghia Spiliotissa, a three-aisle basilica built in 1577 to replace an even older one; the church is the cathedral of the town since 1841 and it has an important collection of Byzantine icons, some of them made by the eminent hagiographers Damaskinos and Tzannes. The Catholic and Anglican churches add up to the cosmopolitan character of the city and you may also see the Jewish Synagogue, housed in a beautiful building of the 19th century.

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Panagia Spiliotissa church   Detail from the Fortress   Corfu Town   The Liston area
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Numerous buildings and monuments from the period of the Venetian domination are preserved in the town. Certainly, the most important of them is the impressive Old Fortress, built at a natural stronghold site. It is a Venetian construction of the 15th century, built on the older Byzantine walls of the 13th and 14th centuries; the Venetians completed the fortification with a moat, which resulted to transform the place to a small, artificially made, islet. Several buildings are preserved within the castle, as the central gate (dated to 1550), the bastions of Martinengo, Savorgnian and Mandraki, some towers, the Anglican church of St. George (a basilica imitating an ancient Doric temple), built in 1840, the Catholic Chapel, known as “the Romanic Church”, the buildings of the prisons, the British military quarters and the military hospital, the lighthouse and the clock tower. Most of the buildings house actual activities and services of the town, as the Central Municipal Library, the Historic Archives, the Byzantine Collection, a Conference Center and the shop of official copies of the Archaeological Service.

The Venetian period is also represented by the New Fortress, upon the hill overlooking the old port, which actually houses the Museum of Pottery and an open theater; you will also see the Municipal Hall, a very nice building of the late 17th century, known as the “Arcade of the Nobles” or “Loggia”, the palace of the Latin Archbishop, actually housing the branch Agricultural Bank, the building of the Ionian Academy, built in early 17th century to house the Military Governor, up to 1824 when it was used to house the Ionian Academy. Also, don’t miss to visit the Catholic Church of St. James (“Domos”), built in the 16th century and serving as the Cathedral of the Catholics since 1632. Finally, you will certainly see the most characteristic complex of multi-storey buildings with the series of arches at Spianada; it is the famous Liston, the meeting-place of the Corfiots, but also of the tourists, as it is a place often used as a natural scenery for films and TV serials and it is full of life with its numerous trendy cafes and bars.
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Within the same central square you will also see the impressive Palace of St. Michael and St. George, built during the early years of the British domination and served as the seat of the British High Commissioner on the island, of the Ionian Senate and of the battalion of St. Michael and St. George. From 1864 up to the abolishment of monarchy in Greece, the building served as summer palace of the kings of Greece. Nowadays, it houses the Municipal Gallery and the Museum of Asian Art. In front of the building, you may see the statue of the British High Commissioner, Adam.

Several other buildings, apart from the military ones within the fortresses, are: the old house of Capodistrias, built in 1845; the building was the seat of the Prefecture until 1969, whereas today it houses the Ionian University. The building of the Ionian Parliament (where it has been declared the incorporation of Eptanissa to the Greek State), the park and the neoclassic building of Mon Repos, initially the residence of the British High Commissioner and later the summer residence of the kings of Greece, are some more buildings dated to the period of British domination.

Several monuments of Classical and Roman period, as well as Byzantine buildings and churches are also worth seeing in the town. The most important of them are the monument of Menecrates (dated to 600 b.C.) situated at the ancient cemetery at Garitsa, the sanctuary of Apollo Corcyraios, close to Mon Repos, the archaeological site of Palaeopolis, the ancient city of Kerkyra, a part of the ancient wall (the “Nerantziha tower”), close to the airport and the ruins of the temple of Artemis (Diana), also close to the airport. In what concerns the Byzantine period, the most important monuments are the church of Aghios Iason and Sossipatros (dated to 1000 A.D.) and the ruins of the Early Christian (5th century A.D.) basilica within the archaeological site of Palaeopolis.
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There are also several more recent monuments worth seeing as the monument in honor of the Unification of Eptanissa with Greece, at Spianada, beside the polygonal Venetian well, the Lecturers’ Society of Corfu, established in 1836, the Library of Ioannis Capodistrias, the Municipal Theater and the theater “Phoenix”, the Cultural Center, the very characteristic windmill upon the homonymous hill, the Monastery of Panaghia Vlaherna, accessed via a pedestrian bridge, the islet of Vido (or Ptyhia), with luxurious green and interesting fauna and flora, accessed via the excursion boats. Finally, you should not miss to visit the famous Pontikonissi, the “trade mark” of Corfu, with the small Byzantine church of Pantocrator. Excursion boats will get you to the island, either from Perama, or from the Vlaherna Monastery.

The town is full of Museums. One of the most important among them is the Archaeological Museum, containing almost all finds of the excavations on the island. The Byzantine Collection, housed at the Church of Panaghia Antivouniotissa is also very interesting: there are displayed several Byzantine and Post-Byzantine icons, along with other religious objects. The very interesting Museum of Asian Art, unique in Greece, is housed in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George. There is also the Solomos Museum, housed in the house where lived and died the National poet of Greece Dionyssios Solomos (1798-1857) (the poet of the Greek Anthem). It is in Corfu that the poet has written the most important of his works; the Museum contains several souvenirs of the poet and many old editions of his works, mainly of the “Hymn to Freedom”, the Greek Anthem.
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