Liston with the famous arcades and lanterns, is developed linearly in front of the western side of Spianada square. Also, the un
iqueness of Liston is highlighted by the harmoniously combined Venetian, British and French architectural elements. The leading architect was the French Ferdinand de Lesseps, while the Greek engineer Ioannis Parmezan had an active role in the construction. The architecture form of Liston was influenced by the famous arcaded facades in the “Rue de Rivoli” in Paris.
The origin of the name “Liston” has couple versions. According to one version “Liston” means “on list”, reminding the famous Libro d’ Oro in which, all the aristocrats of Corfu were written down and they were the only ones who had the access to visit this promenade. Another version supports the Venetian word “lista” which means “a wide and straight walking road”.. As per this version, “Liston” is common tradition in other Venetian cities, such as "Liston de Piazza", the Piazza San Marco in Venice.
Liston, since its creation, was simultaneously an impressive example of history of art and the most public space of the city. Today, under the famous arcades, which were called “voltes” by locals, numerous meeting places as restaurants and coffee shops are hosting. The upper floors of Liston, which were added during the English occupation were turned into luxury hotels. Overall, Liston defined and still defines Corfu’s urban character.