It is a tragedy in three acts and was performed at the Greek National Theatre in 1946 to celebrate the anniversary of March 25. The University of Athens is named "Kapodistrian" in his honour. The Greek euro coin of 0,20 Euro bears his face, as did the obverse of the 500 drachmas banknote of 1983–2001.
The Capodistrias family is one of the oldest families on the island. However, according to family genealogical chart, their ancestors have different roots. They came from the city of Capo d’ Istria, which was situated in today’s Slovenia. Their family name was Vittori, but it turned to be “Capodistrias” from their place of origin.
Count Ioannis Capodistrias was the most distinguished of Corfiot politicians, and also] the founder of the State of Greece. He studied Medicine in Padua and he was the leading figure in the political history of 19th century Europe. He supported the struggle of Greeks for independence against the Ottoman Empire. In April 1827, the Greek National Assembly elected him as first Governor of Greece, and in January 1828 he arrived first in Nafplio, and afterwards in Aegina, where he assumed his duties.
He was murdered in Nafplio on September 27th, 1831, at the age of 56, by Greek political rivals. Six months later, his body was transported to Corfu and buried in the Monastery of Platytera in the city of Corfu, near to other family members.