Today our way lies on the island of Corfu, photo sightseeing with descriptions and all the latest information in our review article. Corfu Island, also known as Kerkyra, is located in the heart of the Adriatic Sea and is part of the so-called Ionian Islands.
At one time it was under the control of many cultures and nations, and that is why a trip here will be remembered for a long time. The city of Corfu with the same name is the largest city on the island, but it is full of other interesting villages, fishing villages, historical sites, religious buildings and beaches that attract thousands of visitors.
1. Old Town
According to many, Corfu’s most popular attraction is its Old Town, the main transportation hub of the island and the place where the largest concentration of major historical sites are concentrated.
Of particular note is the Palace of St. Michael and St. George (its Greek name: “Palaia Anaktora”), which was built in the XIX century and now houses an extensive collection of works of art in the Museum of Modern Art, located on its territory.
2. Old Fortress
The old fortress is located at the easternmost point of the peninsula where the city of Corfu. This incredible medieval building, which the Greeks called Paleo Frourio (which actually translates as “Old Fortress”), was built in 1546 during the Venetian rule.
The history of this place, however, begins even earlier, because where the fortress is now located, once housed an ancient Byzantine castle. Separated from the city by a moat, the fortress has two small peaks, or Corfu, the word from which the island’s name Corfu came.
3. New Fortress
Climbing the mountain past the open-air food market will allow you to reach the New Fortress, a large-scale defensive structure built in 1577 by the Venetians to protect the city from the Turks. As you can guess from the date of construction, this fortress a little more “new” than its more “old” gathered.
Once inside, you can wander freely through the empty stone halls and passages and even climb to the very top of the castle, where you will have the opportunity to admire the stunning views of the sea and the terracotta roofs of the old city.
4. Liston Complex
Elegant and photogenic Liston is a luxurious Complex with arched galleries and beautiful lancet arches, which is located in the northern half of Spianada.
It was built during the Napoleonic occupation of Corfu (1807-1414), it was decided to use the famous Rue de Rivoli in Paris as a base. The architectural complex of Liston is full of cafes and restaurants, and life here always beats the key.
5. St. Spiridon’s Cathedral
Magnificent frescoes of this old church attracts crowds of pilgrims and ordinary tourists. Its small basilica of the XVI century contains the remains of the patron saint of Corfu – Spiridon, a Cypriot pastor who lived in the IV century.
His body, brought here from Constantinople in 1453, rests in a silver coffin, and on holidays local monks carry it through the city.