Corfu History

Interesting Facts and Articles about Corfu History

Architecture Of Corfu

The main influence in determining the character of Corfu Town is Venetian, as a result of the four hundred years or so of their rule.

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Achillion Palace (Gastouri)

The Achillion Palace is situated around 10 km south of Corfu town in the village of Gastouri, above the resort of Benitses. The property was originally owned by Corfiot philosopher and diplomat Petros Vrailas Armenis and it was known as “Villa Vraila”.... read more

Islands Islets and Rocks around Corfu

OTHONOI (FANO) ERIKOUSA (MERLERA) MATHRAKI These are three small offshore islands (inhabited), North-West of Corfu. KARAVI A rock next to Mathraki supposed to be the Phoenician’s boat which was turned into stone! If you look carefully it looks like a ship trailing a... read more

Kassiopi Castle (Kassiopi)

Kassiopi Castle (Greek: Κάστρο Κασσιώπης) is a castle on the northeastern coast of Corfu overseeing the fishing village of Kassiopi, and was one of three castles which defended the island before the Venetian era (1401–1797). The castles formed a defensive triangle,... read more

The Ionian Academy (Corfu Town)

The Ionian Academy was the first Greek academic institution established in modern times. It was located in Corfu and was established by Frederick North, 5th Earl of Guilford in 1824. It is considered the precursor of the Ionian University and had Philological, Law and... read more

The Real Brits Of Corfu

These are some of the British who have made a mark on the Island through the ages. (Special Thanks to Theodoros Metallinos) King Richard of England 1157-1199 also known as the lionhearted king, was one of the most legendary monarchs of medieval Europe, he was the... read more

The Dandalo Tower: Relic of the Crusades (Acharavi)

The Dandalo Tower: Relic of the Crusades Hilary Paipeti The Dandalo Tower dates from the aftermath of the Fourth Crusade of 1202. Masterminded and led by the elderly Doge, Enrico Dandalo, the Crusade, an uneasy mixture of Venetian and Frankish forces, was aimed at... read more

Lazaretto Island (Corfu Town)

Lazaretto Island is situated two nautical miles from the North coast of Corfu. The island can be seen from along the port road and lies between the larger Island of Vidos and the peninsulas of kontokali and kommeno.

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Kaisers Bridge (Benitses)

Kaisers Bridge is situated about 11km south of Corfu town on the main road just outside Benitses and around 20 minute drive by car. After 1907 when Kaiser Wilhelm II purchased the Achilleion palace he built a bridge at the bottom of the gardens to span the road and... read more

Relive The History of The Old Fort (Photo Blog)

Reproduced with Kind permission from  PINAY FLYING HIGH The Old Fort of Corfu is the very first thing that you will see if you are taking the ferry to get to Corfu. The cross atop the mountain caught my attention while we were in the ferry approaching Corfu, I... read more

Vido Island

Vido (Greek: Βίδο) is an island of the Ionian Islands group of Greece. It is a small island (less than a kilometer in diameter) at the mouth of the port of Corfu. During the First World War, the island of Corfu served as an island hospital and quarantine for sick... read more

Greek Superstitions, Customs and Traditions

An assortment of Greek superstitions, customs and traditions, some have regional origins. Evil Eye The most commonly talked about ancient superstition in the Greek Isles. The evil eye can strike at any given moment. Perhaps there was an occasion that you were dressed... read more

Cricket in Corfu

Cricket appears historically in Corfu, which was under the British domination, on the 23rd of April 1823 with a game between officers of the British Navy and the Garrison.

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The Philharmonic Society of Corfu

The Philharmonic Society of Corfu, known among Corfiots as “The Old Philharmonic”, was established at September 1840 by some of the most prominent Corfiots of the time.

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Corfu Museum (Online)

john petsalis (Curator) I am 61 years old. I finished the university in economics. Now i am retired. From the age of 18 i’ve been a collector of antiques concerning material of the island of Corfu. To be more specific it is material such as old photos, old... read more

The British Cemetery (Corfu Town)

From Corfu seafront to south of the old town and turn inland onto Alexandras Avenue, which is a big tree lined avenue. At the top of this is Place George Theotoki which contains a roundabout. From this roundabout take the Donatou Dimoulitsa road and then bear left... read more

Arkoudillas Beach and Monastery (Kavos)

From the Southern end of Kavos, Keep driving and you will see a sign on your right to the church of the Virgin Arkoudillas. Drive for about 1 km and you will find a right turn. You have 2 choices here, straight on for the monastery or right to the beach.    ... read more

Archaeological Museum of Corfu (Corfu Town)

(please note the museum is closed for works, see below) The Archaeological Museum of Corfu (Greek: Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Κέρκυρας) in Corfu, Greece was built between 1962 – 1965. The museum land was donated by the city of Corfu. Its initial purpose was to house... read more

The Museum of Asian art (Corfu Town)

The Museum of Asian art of Corfu is a museum in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George in Corfu, Greece. The only museum in Greece dedicated to the art of Asia, it has collections of Chinese art, Japanese art, Indian art and others. The museum opened in 1927 as the... read more

The Island Of Vido

“THE ISLAND OF VIDO” (CORFU) Some interesting facts It is called “THE ISLAND OF VIDO” and NOT “VIDOS ISLAND” and has an area of 53.8 hectares. I will write it also in Greek; «ΤΟ ΝΗΣΙ ΤΟΥ ΒΙΔΟΥ» και ΟΧΙ «Ο ΒΙΔΟΣ» as so many erroneously call it!! The name derives from... read more

Grava Cave (Halikounas)

Heading towards Halikounas, instead of turning left towards the beach road and the Gardiki Fort you keep straight on towards Prasoudi. On the right hand side there is a sign that points you in the direction of the Grava Cave, trousers and sensible foot wear would be... read more

The Life Of Saint Spyridon

  “Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth” – a teaching by Jesus Christ in His Sermon on the Mount. These divine words describe Saint Spyridon absolutely. This is evident from the fact that his life on earth was a flowering of Christianity in all... read more

PANAGIA PALEOKASTRITSA

The Monastery of Virgin Mary of Paleokastritsa is located in the Greek island of Corfu, 25 kilometers outside of the City of Corfu. This majestic monastery is home to 8 Greek Orthodox Monks who receive guidance from Bishop Efthimios Thouis. They conduct traditional... read more

Corfu Reading Society (Corfu Town)

The Corfu Reading Society was founded in 1836 by a group of fourteen young local citizens. A prototype already existed in the eponymous society in Geneva (Societé de Lecture de Genève).

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Glyfa Bridge (Near Nissaki)

The Glyfa bridge is possibly unique in Corfu as to size and construction.(built ca. 1913) If Heading North it can be found between Barbati and Nissaki below the main coast road. One can get a partial view of it from the road if one leans over the guard-rail (the one... read more

The Corfu Channel Incident

The Corfu Channel Incident refers to three separate events involving Royal Navy ships in the Channel of Corfu which took place in 1946, and it is considered an early episode of the Cold War. During the first incident, Royal Navy ships came under fire from Albanian... read more

Angelokastro Castle

Angelokastro (Greek: Αγγελόκαστρο, English translation: “Castle of the Angel[s]” or “Angelos’s castle”) is one of the most important Byzantine castles of Greece. It is located on the island of Corfu at the top of the highest peak of the... read more
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