Corfu

The countess of the Ionian sea

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MYTHOLOGICAL NAMES OF CORFU

A myth could be defined as symbolic tales of the distant past that concern cosmogony and cosmology usually connected to belief systems or rituals, and may serve to direct social action and values.

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OLD FORTRESS

Built on a rocky peninsula on the east side of Corfu Old Town, the Old Fortress is the signature of the island as is one of the most impressive fortification edifices in Europe.

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NERANTZIHA TOWER

The Nerantziha tower, is a classical monument of the 5th c. B.C, part of Paleopolis archaeological site.

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KARDAKI TEMPLE

At the east side of the Analipsis’ peninsula, on the English –style park of Mon Repos Estate, the Temple of Kardaki is located. It is the most well preserved ancient monument on the island probably because of the isolated area that was built.

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MON REPOS

Mon Repos Estate, part of Paleopolis’ archaeological site, is located on top of Analipsis hill in the area of Kanoni. It is probably the area which is mentioned by Thucydides as “the Μeteors”.

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ROMAN BATHS

The Roman Bath complex belongs to the ancient city of Paleopolis’ and is located in close proximity to the magnificent Early Christian Basilica.

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BYZANTINE CHURCH OF PALEOPOLI

One of the most important Byzantine monuments of Corfu, the Early Christian basilica of Paleopolis was built in the mid-5th century A.D. by the Bishop of Corfu, Jovianus.

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HISTORICAL PAST OF CORFU

Corfu’s identity has configured by its turbulent past. A short view of the island’s background gives prominence to its timeless unique profile.

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THE TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS GORGON

The Temple of Artemis Gorgon is created between the years 600-580 BC during the Archaic Period.

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ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF PALEOPOLIS

The name “Paleopolis” which is first met in medieval sources (17 c. AD) refers to the general area between Garitsa Bay and Kanoni peninsula which was the center of Corfu town in Ancient, Roman and Byzantine periods.

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Arts & Crafts

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THE SINARADES PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY

The island of Corfu is worldwide known as the “Island of Music”. The Corfiot musical tradition has influences from Italy, Great Britain and mainland Greece which have formed a unique profile that is developing through years.

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SALTY BAGS

“Salty bag” is the name of a relatively new brand which is composed and organized on 2013 by three young people in Corfu Island.

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PATOUNIS SOAP FACTORY

Located in the heart of Corfu Old Town, amongst the islands’ urban fabric, the historic Patounis soap factory appears as one of a kind piece of industrial past.

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CERAMIC ARTIST

Ceramic art, one of the world’s oldest arts, has an incredible 7,000 years background in Greece. The process that includes a mixture of natural elements –blending water with earth and fire- spread to other cultures around the world and remains alive up to our days.

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SPIANADA SQUARE

A medley of Venetian, French and British influences is reflected on the Spianada square of Corfu. Located between the Old Fortress and the Old Town, it was initially famous for its large dimensions - 42.000 sq. m.

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VLACHERNA MONASTERY ― PONTIKONISI

In the south east of the island, in Chalkiopoulos lagoon which belongs to the general area of Kanoni peninsula, the church of Panagia Vlaherna is located.

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PALAIOKASTRITSA

Palaiokastritsa village, one of the most picturesque locations of Corfu, is located almost 25 km north - west of Corfu Old Town.

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NEW FORTRESS

The New Fortress of the city, known with the Italian name Fortezza Nuova is located on the hill of Saint Markos, above the old port of the island. It is considered as an architecture miracle mainly because of its well –built scale and its exceptional conservation.

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MAITLAND PERISTYLE

On the southern side of Spiniada square the Maitland Peristyle or Rotunda, one of the sights of British occupation, stands.

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LISTON

The landmark and meeting point for visitors and locals in Corfu is the famous Liston. It is an impressive complex of multi-storeyed buildings which were built during the French occupation between the years 1807 – 1814.

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KYRA DIKAIA

The small island of Kyra Dikaia (also called “KeraDikia” and “KyraDikia”) is situated in the western shores of Corfu, almost 150m distance from the coast, near to Sinarades Village.

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KAISER OBSERVATORY

Wilhelm II (1859-1941), was a German Kaiser (formal German title that equalizes with emperor) who lived and was influenced in the Island of Corfu. He was one of the most recognizable public figures of World War I., who was enjoying spending his summers at Achilleion Palace in Corfu.

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CORFU OLD TOWN

The Old Town of Corfu is a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site since August 2006.

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CORFU TENNIS CLUB

On I. Romanou 4 str., almost near Corfu Old Town, someone can visit the famous centenarian“Corfu Lawn Tennis Club”.

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PALACE OF ST. MICHAEL AND ST. GEORGE

The Palace of St. Michael and St. George is located on the northern part of the historical Spiniada square. It is also known as the ”Royal Palace”, the ”City Palace” or the “Old Palace”.

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READING SOCIETY OF CORFU

Οn the corner of present day Kapodistriou and Sophocleous Dousmani str., the building of the Reading Society of Corfu is standing.

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CHURCH OF SAINT SPYRIDON

Built on 1588 by Voulgaris’ local family, the church of Saint Spyridon, the patron of Corfu, stands in the center of Corfu’s Old Town.

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SAINT GORDIOS

Aghios Gordios village is situated on the west coast of the island, almost 20 km away from the Corfu Old Town. It is consider one of the most popular and idyllic settings of Corfu, both for its natural beauty and its historical church of Aghios –Saint Gordios.

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SINARADES FOLKLORE MUSEUM

The Folkore Museum of Central Corfu “Nikos Paktitis” is located in the traditional village of Sinarades.

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CAPODISTRIAS MUSEUM

The Corfiot Count Capodistrias, first Governor of Greece and senior European diplomat is one of the leading personalities that Greece has to demonstrate. In 1944 Nikos Kazantzakis wrote the play "Capodistria" in his honour.

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Gastronomy

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THEOTOKY ESTATE

The Theotoky Estate, the oldest winery of Corfu, is located at Ropa Valley, near the Giannades village at a distance of 17 km from Corfu Old Town. It comprises more than 300 acres covered by pine trees, olive groves and vineyards.

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SINARADES OLIVE GROVES

One of the most impressive sights of Corfu is the perennial olive groves which cover the greater part of the island.

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NOUMBOULO PRODUCER, SINARADES

Noumboulo fumicado (from the Venetian nombolo) is the Corfiot prosciutto or elsewhere the local “king” of cold cuts’ specialties.

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INDIGENOUS WINE VARIETIES

Looking backwards to the Greek ancient history, there is many references to wine’s production and glorify.

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CORFU GASTRONOMY

The mosaic of Corfu gastronomy consists of an influences’ mixture that correspond to the island’s dominators.

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Eleusina

A breath away from Athens, the birth place of Eleusinian Mysteries and goddess Demeter challenges you to explore it! Eleusis or Eleusina, as now known, one of the five sacred cities of antiquity enjoys the privilege of being located only thirty kilometers from the historic Athens. But let me refresh it! It could be the privilege of Athens to have so nearby a city full of life and history! Visit Virtual Tour

Epidavros

Even today’s visitors feel that they are in a sacred place as soon as they set foot in the Asklepieion of Epidavros. The place where healing was a religious mystery. The sick were cured by the god Asklepios in their sleep (enkoimesis) or received from him instructions on the therapy they should follow. From the sixth century BC until the end of antiquity, hosts of people resorted to the Sanctuary of Asklepios in expectation that their prayers for healing would be heard and answered by the god. These were patients and pilgrims who arrived there bringing precious votive offerings from all parts of the then-known world. Visit Virtual Tour

Mycenae

Peering over the plain of Argolis, up there from the heights of the acropolis, one comes to terms with the superiority of the Mycenaean civilization. It reached its heyday in the Late Bronze Age (1350 - 1200 BCE) and then disappeared, leaving to eternity its legendary acropolis, built on an inaccessible, rocky hill between two ravines. The footprints of the Atreidai, the mythical royal dynasty, are visible to today's visitor and inspire awe in an era like ours, in which myth meets the history of the most important period of the ancient world. Visit Virtual Tour

Ancient Olympia

What can be said of Olympia and not sound like a cliché? The significance of the archaeological site is self-evident, even if one is not familiar with the fascinating historical details and the political background, which literally span thousands of years. Known to the world as the cradle of the Olympic ideal, this open-air museum of imposing ruins and unique artefacts tells a story of religious piety, fair play, political ambition, and demonstration of power. All the buildings you can still admire were erected to please the gods and send a message to the thousands of visitors who swarmed to the sacred grounds. Walking around the Stadium, the Gymnasium and the Temples of Zeus and Hera – both instrumental in the ritual and competitive part of the Games – modern visitors will be able to understand why the event remained relevant even when the rest of the Ancient World was long dead. As an added bonus to the splendour of the site, the Museum of Olympia boasts some of the most famous works of art produced in the long course of Hellenic culture. Visit Virtual Tour

Messene

Travelling in the Messenian land from Mount Taygetus to the coast, our glance dives, following the sunlight dipping onto the Messenian plain. From the mountainous volumes to the fertile valley, the olive groves and herbs, we see a landscape of culture, myth, and history, unfold before our eyes. In the heart of the region of Messenia, one town stands out: Ancient Messene. This "blissful plain" as Homer calls it, became a theatre of war and mythical narrations offering a viewpoint on the past and the present. Visit Virtual Tour
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