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Corfu Travel Guide

Best of Corfu



The Archaeological Museum
This museum is situated at Armeni Vraila St., near the seaside highway of Garitsa. It was constructed to house the exhibit of the huge Gorgon pediment of the Artemis temple that was excavated at Paleopolis in early 20th century (590-580 BC) and was inaugurated officially in 1967. There also you will admire other founds from excavations from the archaeological sites of the island, from the ancient city.

The Church of Agios Spyridon
The Church of Agios Spyridon is the most famous church on the island, dedicated to protector saint of Corfu city. It is a one-aisle basilica with wooden roof, built in 1589. The relics of the saint are kept here inside 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 citizens will ask you if you have seen the bell tower, of which they are very proud. And they are right, as it is really extraordinary, the highest in city.

Achillion
Achillion is a palace located about 10 km from Corfu City in the village of Gastouri, built by Empress of Austria Elisabeth of Bavaria, also known as Sissi after a suggestion by Austrian Consul Alexander von Watzberg. It was used as her summer retreat. The palace was designed with the mythical hero Achilles as its central theme which is definitely a place to take your camera. This beautiful building in picturesque gardens overlooks the sea and Corfu city. Famous to the British public as the birthplace of Prince Phillip, Achillion Palace is one of the most popular tourist destinations on Corfu. Be sure to allow time to explore Gastouri, as it is a picturesque village with lots of character.

Old Fortress
This was built by the Venetians on an island with buildings up neighboring its complete perimeter, though some parts mainly on the east side are gradually being eroded and falling into the sea. However, the interior has been reestablished and maintained and it is used for cultural events such as concerts and Sound and Light Productions whereby historical events are recreated using sound and light special effects. The environment of the place is dramatic as one is surrounded by ancient buildings up whereas the surrounding Ionian Sea glimmers in the background. Taking in a concert or other event at night in such a place under the moonlight whereas surrounded by the sea, immersed in this history steeped environment with all its diverse and unexpected architectural elements, is an experience that even the most discriminating aficionado of life would appreciate.

The New Fortress
New Fortress is an enormous complex of buildings up that controls the northeastern part of the city. The vast walls of the fortress control the scenery as one makes the trip from Neo Limani to the town, taking the road that passes through the fish market. The new Fortress was until recently a restricted area because of the presence of a naval garrison. Nevertheless, the old restrictions have been lifted and it is now open to the public, and tours can be taken through the labyrinth of medieval walkways and buildings up. The winged lion, the emblem of Venice, can be seen at regular intervals adorning the buildings up. It is worth noting that at the feet of the lion lies an open book, symbolizing that the Venetians came to Corfu not to conquer but to defend.

Pontikonisi
Pontikonisi (Greek meaning "Mouse Island") is the symbol of Corfu. It is a small island with dense vegetation, there are many trees, and it is the highest natural point, (not counting the trees or man made structures such as the monastery), is about 2 m. Pontikonisi is home of the monastery of Pantokrator. It is the white stone staircase of the Monastery that when viewed from afar gives the impression of a (mouse) tail that gave the island its name: Mouse Island.

Angelokastro
Angelokastro (Greek meaning “Castle of Angels”) is situated at the top of the highest peak of the Corfu shoreline in the northwest coast near Palaiokastritsa and erected on particularly steep and rocky terrain. Angelokastro castle is one of the most important Byzantine castles of Greece and certainly of Corfu. It forms an Acropolis that surveyed the region all the way to the southern Adriatic and therefore presented a formidable strategic vantage point to the occupant of the castle. The engineering of its construction at such a remote and forbidding location is remarkable by any standards, not only medieval. It played a pivotal role during the Great Siege of Corfu in 1571 when the Turkish attack on the northwestern flank of Corfu was successfully repulsed by the defenders of the castle.

The Museum of Asian Art
The Museum of Asian Art (Tel. 26610 30443) located in Corfu City, is the unique Asian museum of Greece that was founded in 1927 after the donation of 10.500 items by Gregorios Manos. Until 1974 it was a Chinese and Japanese Art museum, but later it was enriched with other private collections of items from central Asia, so it became an Asian Art museum. It is housed in a building of the British Protectorate, designed by the British architect George Whitmore. Among the exhibits there are chinese works of all chines eras: The Sheang era (1,500-1,027 BC) the Chehou era (1,027-221 BC), the Han era (221 BC-220 AD), the Soung dynasty (960-1,279 AD), the Ming dynasty (1,368-1,644 AD) and from Kamakoura era (1,192-1,338 AD).

Palace of St. Michael and St. George
The palace was erected during the early years of the British domination (approximately from 1819 to 1823) 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. Today, part of the palace is hosting the Asiatic museum and the municipal gallery. In front of the building, you may see the statue of the British High Commissioner, Adam.

The Serbian Museum
This Museum is located at 19 Moustoxydou St. It comprises rare exhibits about the Serbian soldiers' tragic fate during the First World War. Exhibits include photographs from the three years stay of the Serbians in Corfu, together with other exhibits such as uniforms, arms and ammunition of the Serbian army, Serbian regimental flags, religious artifacts, surgical tools used in triage by Serbian doctors on Vido Island in 1916, war medals and other decorations of the Kingdom of Serbia etc.






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