Famous Icons in Corfu
The whole town of Corfu is a monument. Narrow paved lanes (kantounia) with hung out laundry, flowering bougainvilleas, buildings with traces of Venetian, French and British influence attract any visitor. Local history, culture and tradition are thoroughly protected in museums and collections. In Corfu town’s historic center, the medieval fortresses and the peripheral fortifications compose a unique architectural ensemble, which was added in 2007 to the list of UNESCO’S World Heritage Monuments.
The most famous icons in the Island of Corfu that worth your visit are the following:
The famous Liston, which constitutes the meeting point for most social gatherings and is the symbol of Corfu’s historic centre, is the most characteristic monument that bears traces of the French presence on the island.
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The “San Giacomo” building, which accommodates today Corfu’s Town Hall, was erected by the Venetians in the 17th century in order to house the Loggia dei Nobili.
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The findings from the Roman mansions in the northern and southeastern coasts but also the famous “Achilleion” prove that Corfu is an alltime tourist destination. The palace which was once the summer residence of the Empress of Austria Elisabeth and later on of the German Kaiser Wilhelm II operates today as a museum and as a cultural events’ venue.
At a breath’s distance from Corfu Town lies the green island Vido. Worth a visit on the island are two well-maintained beaches, the historic Church of St. Stefan and the Serbian Mausoleum. In the suburbs, the well known Pontikonisi island and the Vlacheraina Monastery, compose Corfu’s most familiar and recognized picture.
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In the Kapodistrias Museum, 4 kilometres away from Corfu Town, are exhibited personal objects of Greece’s first Governor, Ioannis Kapodistiras, who was an outstanding personality in the history of Europe. The Castello Mimbelli Villa, in the village Kato Korakiana, accommodates a branch of the National Art Gallery.
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Findings which come exclusively from the island of Corfu are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Palaeopolis, in the Mon Repos Mansion. These exhibits display the island’s continuous presence in the ancient world.
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The neo-classical style building of the Ionian Parliament is the place where the unification of the Ionian Islands with Greece was passed. Today, the building operates as a branch of the Municipal Art Gallery and serves as the venue for civil marriage ceremonies. The Ionian Academy housed the first Greek University and nowadays is a department of the Ionian University.
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