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Corfu
Corfu
or Kerkyra (/kɔːrˈfuː, -fjuː/; Greek: Κέρκυρα, translit. Kérkyra, [ˈcercira]; Ancient Greek: Κόρκυρα, translit. Kórkyra; Latin: Corcyra; Italian: Corfù) is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the second largest of the Ionian Islands,[3] and, including its small satellite islands, forms the northwesternmost part of Greece.[4] The island is part of the Corfu regional unit, and is administered as a single municipality, which also includes the smaller islands of Ereikoussa, Mathraki
Mathraki
and Othonoi. The municipality has an area of 610,9 km2, the island proper 592,8 km2.[5] The principal city of the island and seat of the municipality (pop. 32,095) is also named Corfu.[6] Corfu
Corfu
is home to the Ionian University. The island is bound up with the history of Greece
Greece
from the beginnings of Greek mythology. Its history is full of battles and conquests. Ancient Korkyra took part in the Battle of Sybota which was a catalyst for the Peloponnesian War, and, according to Thucydides, the largest naval battle between Greek city states until that time. Thucydides also reports that Korkyra was one of the three great naval powers of fifth century BC Greece, along with Athens
Athens
and Corinth.[7] Medieval castles punctuating strategic locations across the island are a legacy of struggles in the Middle Ages against invasions by pirates and the Ottomans. Two of these castles enclose its capital, which is the only city in Greece
Greece
to be surrounded in such a way. As a result, Corfu's capital has been officially declared a Kastropolis ("castle city") by the Greek government.[8] From medieval times and into the 17th century, the island, having successfully repulsed the Ottomans during several sieges, was recognised as a bulwark of the European States against the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
and became one of the most fortified places in Europe.[9] The fortifications of the island were used by the Venetians to defend against Ottoman intrusion into the Adriatic. Corfu eventually fell under British rule following the Napoleonic Wars. Corfu
Corfu
was eventually ceded by the British Empire along with the remaining islands of the United States of the Ionian Islands, and unification with modern Greece
Greece
was concluded in 1864 under the Treaty of London. In 2007, the city's old quarter was added to the UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage List, following a recommendation by ICOMOS.[10][11][12] Corfu
Corfu
is a very popular tourist destination.[13][14] The island was the location of the 1994 European Union summit.[15]

Contents

1 Name 2 Geography

2.1 Diapontia islands 2.2 Lazaretto Island 2.3 Flora 2.4 Fauna

2.4.1 Birds 2.4.2 Mammals 2.4.3 Amphibians and reptiles

2.5 Climate

3 History

3.1 Early history 3.2 Medieval history

3.2.1 Venetian rule 3.2.2 Venetian policies and legacy

3.3 19th century

3.3.1 British Lord High Commissioners during the protectorate

3.4 First World War 3.5 Interwar period 3.6 Second World War and resistance

3.6.1 Italian occupation 3.6.2 German occupation 3.6.3 Liberation

3.7 Post–World War and modern Corfu

4 Urban landscape

4.1 Old town 4.2 Palaio Frourio 4.3 Neo Frourio 4.4 Ano and Kato Plateia and the music pavilion 4.5 Palaia Anaktora and its gardens 4.6 The Old Town and Pontikonisi

5 Archaeology and architecture

5.1 An architectural overview: From classical to modern 5.2 Italianate architecture 5.3 Destruction of architecture during World War II 5.4 The Achilleion 5.5 Kaiser's Bridge

6 Municipality

6.1 Province

7 Education

7.1 Student activism

8 Culture

8.1 Museums and libraries 8.2 Patron Saint Spyridon 8.3 Music and festivities

8.3.1 The Three City Philharmonics 8.3.2 Easter 8.3.3 Musical history 8.3.4 Teatro di San Giacomo 8.3.5 Municipal Theatre of Corfu 8.3.6 Ionian University
Ionian University
and musical tradition 8.3.7 Ta Karnavalia

8.4 Corfu
Corfu
in myth 8.5 Corfu
Corfu
in literature 8.6 Corfu
Corfu
in film 8.7 Corfu
Corfu
in popular culture 8.8 Tourism

9 Transport 10 Economy 11 International relations 12 Notable people

12.1 Ancient 12.2 Modern

13 Gallery 14 See also 15 Notes 16 References 17 Further reading 18 External links

Name[edit] The Greek name, Kerkyra or Korkyra, is related to two powerful water deities: Poseidon, god of the sea, and Asopos, an important Greek mainland river.[16] According to myth, Poseidon
Poseidon
fell in love with the beautiful nymph Korkyra, daughter of Asopos and river nymph Metope, and abducted her.[16] Poseidon
Poseidon
brought Korkyra to the hitherto unnamed island and, in marital bliss, offered her name to the place: Korkyra,[16] which gradually evolved to Kerkyra (Doric).[8] They had a child they called Phaiax, after whom the inhabitants of the island were named Phaiakes, in Latin
Latin
Phaeaciani. Corfu's nickname is the island of the Phaeacians. The name Corfù, an Italian version of the Byzantine Κορυφώ (Koryphō), meaning "city of the peaks", derives from the Byzantine Greek Κορυφαί (Koryphai) (crests or peaks), denoting the two peaks of Palaio Frourio.[8] Geography[edit]

Map of Corfu. Its satellite islands of Ereikoussa, Othoni
Othoni
and Mathraki counterclockwise NW, WNW and W respectively (with respect to the northern part of the island at the top of the map) and Paxos
Paxos
and Antipaxos
Antipaxos
on the SE side, are visible.

The northeastern edge of Corfu
Corfu
lies off the coast of Sarandë, Albania, separated by straits varying in width from 3 to 23 km (2 to 14 miles). The southeast side of the island lies off the coast of Thesprotia, Greece. Its shape resembles a sickle (drepanē, δρεπάνι), to which it was compared by the ancients: the concave side, with the city and harbour of Corfu
Corfu
in the centre, lies toward the Albanian coast. With the island's area estimated at 592.9 square kilometres (146,500 acres),[5] it runs approximately 64 km (40 mi) long, with greatest breadth at around 32 km (20 mi). Two high and well-defined ranges divide the island into three districts, of which the northern is mountainous, the central undulating, and the southern low-lying. The more important of the two ranges, that of Pantokrator (Παντοκράτωρ – the Almighty) stretches east and west from Cape Falacro to Cape Psaromita, and attains its greatest elevation in the summit of the same name.

Bay of Agios Georgios in northwestern Corfu

The second range culminates in the mountain of Santi Jeca, or Santa Decca, as it is called by misinterpretation of the Greek designation Άγιοι Δέκα (Hagioi Deka), or the Ten Saints. The whole island, composed as it is of various limestone formations, presents great diversity of surface, and views from more elevated spots are magnificent. Beaches are found in Agios Gordis, the Korission lagoon, Agios Georgios, Marathia, Kassiopi, Sidari, Palaiokastritsa
Palaiokastritsa
and many others. Corfu
Corfu
is located near the Kefalonia
Kefalonia
geological fault formation; earthquakes have occurred. Corfu's coastline spans 217 kilometres (135 mi) including capes; its highest point is Mount Pantokrator (911 metres (2,989 ft)); and the second Stravoskiadi, at 849 m (2,785 ft). The full extent of capes and promontories take in Agia Aikaterini, Drastis to the north, Lefkimmi
Lefkimmi
and Asprokavos to the southeast, and Megachoro to the south. Two islands are also to be found at a middle point of Gouvia
Gouvia
and Corfu
Corfu
Bay, which extends across much of the eastern shore of the island; are known as Lazareto and Ptychia (or Vido). Camping areas can be found in Palaiokastritsa, Agrillia, with four in the northern part, Pyrgi, Roda, Gouvia
Gouvia
and Messonghi. Diapontia islands[edit] The Diapontia Islands
Diapontia Islands
(Greek: Διαπόντια νησιά) are located in the northwest of Corfu, (6 km away) and about 40 km away from Italian coasts. The main islands are Othonoi, Ereikoussa
Ereikoussa
and Mathraki.

Othoni
Othoni
island

Lazaretto Island[edit]

Lazaretto Island

Lazaretto Island, formerly known as Aghios Dimitrios, is located two nautical miles northeast of Corfu; the island has an area of 17.5 acres and comes under the administration of the Greek National Tourist Organization. During Venetian rule in the early 16th century, a monastery was built on the islet and a leprosarium established later in the century, after which the island was named. In 1798, during the French occupation, the islet was occupied by the Russo-Turkish fleet, who ran it as a military hospital. During the British occupation, in 1814, the leprosarium was once again opened after renovations, and following Enosis in 1864 the leprosarium again saw occasional use.[17] During World War II, the Axis Occupation of Greece
Greece
established a Nazi concentration camp there for the prisoners of the Greek Resistance movement,[18] while remaining today are the two-storied building that served as the Headquarters of the Italian army, a small church, and the wall against which those condemned to death were shot.[17][18] Flora[edit] Homer
Homer
identifies six plants that adorn the garden of Alcinous: wild olive, pear, pomegranate, apple, fig and grape vine. Of these the apple and the pear are (as of 2011[update]) very inferior[citation needed] in Corfu; the others thrive, together with all the fruit trees known in southern Europe, with addition of the kumquat, loquat and prickly pear and, in some spots, the banana. Olive trees dominate and their combination with cypress trees compose the typical Corfiot landscape. When undisturbed by cultivation, the high maquis is the major natural vegetation type followed by deciduous oak forests and in less extend pine forests. In total more than 1800 plant species have been recorded.[19] Fauna[edit] Corfu
Corfu
is a continental island and so its fauna is similar to that of the opposite mainland. Birds[edit] Avifauna is rich with around 300 bird species been recorded from 19th century till present time, varying from the greater flamingo to the goldcrest.[20] Some species have become extinct, like the rock partridge or don't breed on the island any more, like the eastern imperial eagle and the Bonelli's eagle. Mammals[edit] Around 40 species of mammals live on the island and in the sea around it. Fin whales, sperm whales, Cuvier's beaked whales, common bottlenose dolphins, short-beaked common dolphins, striped dolphins and Risso's dolphins are the regularly present cetaceans. Monk seals appear from time to time without breeding here any more. Eurasian otters still survive in the lagoons and streams of Corfu.[21] The golden jackal was very common till the 1960s but after persecution it got extinct, with the last individuals observed in the first half of the 1990s.[22] Wild boar
Wild boar
was exterminated after 2000 when farmers started complaining about crop damage. Red foxes, beech martens, least weasels, European hares, northern white-breasted hedgehogs are quite easy to see as some of the smaller mammals and the bats. Coypus, fallow deer, Indian crested porcupines, Siberian chipmunks have been observed recently but they are escapees and only the coypu has viable population. Amphibians and reptiles[edit] 8 species of amphibians and 31 species of reptiles live or have been recorded on and around Corfu.[23] The Greek newt, the Macedonian crested newt, the common toad, the European green toad, the European tree frog, the agile frog, the Epirus water frog
Epirus water frog
and the Greek marsh frog are the representatives of the Amphibia Class. Loggerhead sea turtles nest on the sandy beaches. On land, the Hermann's tortoise
Hermann's tortoise
is widespread while the marginated tortoise's status is unclear. In freshwater wetlands European pond terrapins and Balkan terrapins are common but the last few years face the competition of the introduced pond slider. Lizard species include typical lizards and geckos like the starred agama, the Mediterranean house gecko, the moorish gecko, the Dalmatian algyroides, the common wall lizard, the Balkan wall lizard, the Balkan green lizard, the European green lizard
European green lizard
and the snake-eyed skink as also the legless Greek slow worm and the European glass lizard. Of the snakes of Corfu
Corfu
only the nose-horned viper is potentially dangerous. The harmless snake list includes the European worm snake, the javelin sand boa, the Dahl's whip snake, the Balkan whip snake, the Caspian whip snake, the four-lined snake, the Aesculapian snake, the leopard snake, the grass snake, the dice snake, the European cat snake, the eastern Montpellier snake. In 1985 a Yellow-lipped sea snake was photographed in the sea which had probably escaped from captivity. Climate[edit] Corfu
Corfu
has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Csa in the Köppen climate classification).

Climate data for Corfu

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 20.5 (68.9) 22.4 (72.3) 26.0 (78.8) 28.0 (82.4) 33.8 (92.8) 35.6 (96.1) 42.4 (108.3) 40.0 (104) 37.4 (99.3) 31.0 (87.8) 25.0 (77) 22.0 (71.6) 42.4 (108.3)

Average high °C (°F) 13.9 (57) 14.2 (57.6) 16.0 (60.8) 19.0 (66.2) 23.8 (74.8) 28.0 (82.4) 30.9 (87.6) 31.3 (88.3) 27.6 (81.7) 23.2 (73.8) 18.7 (65.7) 15.3 (59.5) 21.8 (71.2)

Daily mean °C (°F) 9.7 (49.5) 10.3 (50.5) 12.0 (53.6) 14.9 (58.8) 19.6 (67.3) 23.9 (75) 26.4 (79.5) 26.3 (79.3) 22.7 (72.9) 18.4 (65.1) 14.3 (57.7) 11.1 (52) 17.5 (63.5)

Average low °C (°F) 5.1 (41.2) 5.7 (42.3) 6.8 (44.2) 9.2 (48.6) 12.9 (55.2) 16.4 (61.5) 18.4 (65.1) 18.8 (65.8) 16.5 (61.7) 13.4 (56.1) 9.9 (49.8) 6.8 (44.2) 11.7 (53.1)

Record low °C (°F) −4.5 (23.9) −4.2 (24.4) −4.4 (24.1) 0.0 (32) 4.6 (40.3) 8.7 (47.7) 10.0 (50) 11.3 (52.3) 7.2 (45) 2.8 (37) −2.2 (28) −2.0 (28.4) −4.5 (23.9)

Average rainfall mm (inches) 136.6 (5.378) 124.6 (4.906) 98.1 (3.862) 66.7 (2.626) 37.0 (1.457) 14.1 (0.555) 9.2 (0.362) 19.0 (0.748) 81.3 (3.201) 137.7 (5.421) 187.4 (7.378) 185.6 (7.307) 1,097.3 (43.201)

Average rainy days 16.1 14.6 14.5 12.9 8.0 4.9 2.3 3.4 7.0 11.8 15.7 17.5 128.7

Average relative humidity (%) 75.4 74.3 73.4 72.8 69.5 63.4 60.0 62.2 70.4 74.6 77.5 77.2 70.7

Mean monthly sunshine hours 117.7 116.8 116.0 206.5 276.8 324.2 364.5 332.8 257.1 188.9 133.5 110.9 2,545.7

Source #1: Hellenic National Meteorological Service[24]

Source #2: NOAA (extremes and sun 1961−1990)[25]

History[edit] Early history[edit]

A relief of Dionysus
Dionysus
Bacchus at the Archaeological Museum of Corfu.

The earliest reference to Corfu
Corfu
is the Mycenaean Greek word ko-ro-ku-ra-i-jo ("man from Kerkyra") written in Linear B
Linear B
syllabic script, c. 1300 BC.[26] According to Strabo
Strabo
Corcyra (Κόρκυρα) was the Homeric island of Scheria
Scheria
(Σχερία),[27] and its earliest inhabitants were the Phaeacians
Phaeacians
(Φαίακες). The island has indeed been identified by some scholars with Scheria, the island of the Phaeacians
Phaeacians
described in Homer's Odyssey, though conclusive and irrefutable evidence for this theory or for Ithaca's location have not been found. Apollonius of Rhodes depicts the island in Argonautica
Argonautica
as a place visited by the Argonauts. Jason
Jason
and Medea
Medea
were married there in 'Medea's Cave'. Apollonius named the island Drepane, Greek for "sickle", since it was thought to hide the sickle that Cronus
Cronus
used to castrate his father Uranus, from whose blood the Phaeacians
Phaeacians
were descended. In an alternative account, Apollonius identifies the buried sickle as a scythe belonging to Demeter, yet the name Drepane probably originated in the sickle-shape of the island. According to a scholiast, commenting on the passage in Argonautica, the island was first of all called Macris after the nurse of Dionysus
Dionysus
who fled there from Euboea.[28] Other have asserted that Corfu
Corfu
was Taphos, the island of the lelegian Taphians.[29] According to Strabo
Strabo
(VI, 269), the Liburnians
Liburnians
were masters of the island Korkyra (Corfu), until 735 BC, when they left it, under pressure of Corinthian ruler Hersikrates, in a period of Corinthian expansion to South Italy, Sicily
Sicily
and Ionian Sea. At a date no doubt previous to the foundation of Syracuse, Corfu
Corfu
was peopled by settlers from Corinth, probably 730 BC, but it appears to have previously received a stream of emigrants from Eretria. The commercially advantageous location of Corcyra on the way between Greece
Greece
and Magna Grecia, and its fertile lowlands in the southern section of the island favoured its growth and, influenced perhaps by the presence of non-Corinthian settlers, its people, quite contrary to the usual practice of Corinthian colonies, maintained an independent and even hostile attitude towards the mother city.

The ruins of the Temple at Kardaki, built about 700 BC

This opposition came to a head in the early part of the 7th century BC, when their fleets fought the first naval battle recorded in Greek history: 665 BC according to Thucydides. These hostilities ended in the conquest of Corcyra by the Corinthian tyrant Periander (Περίανδρος) who induced his new subjects to join in the colonization of Apollonia and Anactorium. The island soon regained its independence and thenceforth devoted itself to a purely mercantile policy. During the Persian invasion of 480 BC it manned the second largest Greek fleet (60 ships), but took no active part in the war. In 435 BC it was again involved in a quarrel with Corinth
Corinth
over the control of Epidamnus, and sought assistance from Athens
Athens
(see Battle of Sybota). This new alliance was one of the chief immediate causes of the Peloponnesian War, in which Corcyra was of considerable use to the Athenians as a naval station, but did not render much assistance with its fleet. The island was nearly lost to Athens
Athens
by two attempts of the oligarchic faction to effect a revolution; on each occasion the popular party ultimately won the day and took a most bloody revenge on its opponents (427 BC and 425 BC).[30]

The lion of Menekrates at the Archaeological Museum of Corfu

During the Sicilian campaigns of Athens
Athens
Corcyra served as a supply base; after a third abortive rising of the oligarchs in 410 BC it practically withdrew from the war. In 375 BC it again joined the Athenian alliance; two years later it was besieged by a Spartan force, but in spite of the devastation of its flourishing countryside held out successfully until relieved. In the Hellenistic
Hellenistic
period Corcyra was exposed to attack from several sides. In 303 BC, after a vain siege by Cassander, the island was occupied for a short time by the Lacedaemonian
Lacedaemonian
general Cleonymus of Sparta, then regained its independence and later it was attacked and conquered by Agathocles of Syracuse. He offered Corfu
Corfu
as dowry to his daughter Lanassa on her marriage to Pyrrhus, King of Epirus. The island then became a member of the Epirotic alliance. It was then perhaps that the settlement of Cassiope
Cassiope
was founded to serve as a base for the King of Epirus' expeditions. The island remained in the Epirotic alliance until 255 BC when it became independent after the death of Alexander, last King of Epirus. In 229 BC, following the naval battle of Paxos, it was captured by the Illyrians, but was speedily delivered by a Roman fleet and remained a Roman naval station until at least 189 BC. At this time, it was governed by a prefect (presumably nominated by the consuls), but in 148 BC it was attached to the province of Macedonia.[31] In 31 BC, it served Octavian (Augustus) as a base against Mark Antony. From AD 336 onwards, it was ruled by the Eastern Roman Empire. After the definitive division of the Roman Empire in AD 395, Kerkyra remained with the Eastern Roman Empire, known in modern historiography as the Byzantine Empire. Medieval history[edit]

Pontikonisi
Pontikonisi
island is home of the monastery of Pantokrator (Μοναστήρι του Παντοκράτορος). The Greek word Ποντικονήσι (pontikonissi) means “mouse island”; the white staircase of the monastery resembles from afar a mouse tail.

Eclipsed by the foundation of Nicopolis, Kerkyra for a long time passed out of notice. With the rise of the Norman kingdom in Sicily and the Italian naval powers, it again became a frequent object of attack. In 1081–1085 it was held by Robert Guiscard, in 1147–1154 by Roger II of Sicily. During the break-up of the Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
the island was occupied by Genoese privateers (1197–1207), who in turn were expelled by the Venetians. In 1214 it passed to the Greek despots of Epirus, who gave it to Manfred of Sicily
Sicily
as a dowry in 1259.[32] At his death in 1267 it passed with his other possessions to the house of Anjou. Under the latter, the island suffered considerably from the inroads of various adventurers. The island was one of the first places in Europe in which Romani people ("Gypsies") settled. In about 1360, a fiefdom, called the Feudum Acinganorum was established, with mainly Romani serfs.[33][34] From 1386, Corfu
Corfu
was controlled by the Republic of Venice, which in 1401 acquired formal sovereignty and retained it until the French Occupation of 1797. Venetian rule[edit] Further information: Ionian Islands
Ionian Islands
under Venetian rule

The northern side of the Venetian Old Fortress at night. The Great Cross can be clearly seen as described in the Palaio Frourio section of this article.

From medieval times and into the 17th century, the island was recognised as a bulwark of the European States against the Ottoman Empire and became one of the most fortified places in Europe.[9] The fortifications of the island were used by the Venetians to defend against Ottoman intrusion into the Adriatic. Corfu
Corfu
repulsed several Ottoman sieges, before passing under British rule following the Napoleonic Wars.[35][36][37][38][39][40][41] Kerkyra, the "Door of Venice" during the centuries when the whole Adriatic
Adriatic
was the Gulf of Venice,[42] remained in Venetian hands from 1401 until 1797, though several times assailed by Ottoman naval and land forces and subjected to four notable sieges in 1537, 1571, 1573 and 1716, in which the strength of the city defences asserted itself time after time. The effectiveness of the powerful Venetian fortifications as well as the strength of some old Byzantine castles in Angelokastro, Kassiopi
Kassiopi
Castle, Gardiki and elsewhere, were additional factors that enabled Corfu
Corfu
to remain free. Will Durant claims that Corfu
Corfu
owed to the Republic of Venice
Republic of Venice
the fact that it was one of the few parts of Greece
Greece
never conquered by the Ottomans.[43] A series of attempts by the Ottomans to take the island began in 1431 when Ottoman troops under Ali Bey landed on the island. The Ottomans tried to take the city castle and raided the surrounding area, but were repulsed.[44]

The Byzantine castle of Angelokastro in Corfu, located at the western frontier of the Empire, was instrumental in repulsing the Ottomans during the first great siege of Corfu
Corfu
in 1537, in the siege of 1571 and the second great siege of Corfu
Corfu
in 1716 causing the Ottomans to fail at penetrating the defences of Corfu
Corfu
in the North. Consequently the Turks were never able to create a beachhead and to occupy the island.[45]

The Siege of Corfu (1537)
Siege of Corfu (1537)
was the first great siege by the Ottomans. It began on 29 August 1537, with 25,000 soldiers from the Ottoman fleet landing and pillaging the island and taking 20,000 hostages as slaves. Despite the destruction wrought on the countryside, the city castle held out in spite of repeated attempts over twelve days to take it, and the Turks left the island unsuccessfully because of poor logistics and an epidemic that decimated their ranks.[44] Thirty-four years later, in August 1571, Ottoman forces returned for yet another attempt to conquer the island. Having seized Parga
Parga
and Mourtos
Mourtos
from the Greek mainland side, they attacked the Paxi
Paxi
islands. Subsequently they landed on Corfu's southeast shore and established a large beachhead all the way from the southern tip of the island at Lefkimi to Ipsos in Corfu's eastern midsection. These areas were thoroughly pillaged as in past encounters. Nevertheless the city castle stood firm again, a testament to Corfiot-Venetian steadfastness as well as the Venetian castle-building engineering skills. It is also worth mentioning that another castle, Angelokastro (Greek: Αγγελόκαστρο meaning Angelo's Castle and named for its Byzantine owner Angelos Komnenos), situated on the northwest coast near Palaiokastritsa
Palaiokastritsa
(Greek: Παλαιοκαστρίτσα meaning Old Castle place) and located on particularly steep and rocky terrain, a tourist attraction today, also held out.[44] These defeats in the east and the west of the island proved decisive, and the Ottomans abandoned their siege and departed. Two years later they repeated their attempt. Coming from Africa after a victorious campaign, they landed in Corfu
Corfu
and wreaked havoc on rural areas. Following a counterattack by the Venetian-Corfiot forces, the Ottoman troops were forced to leave the city sailing away.[44]

Outer perimeter of the Gardiki Castle which provided defence to the southern part of the island.

The second great siege of Corfu
Corfu
took place in 1716, during the last Ottoman–Venetian War (1714–18). After the conquest of the Peloponnese in 1715, the Ottoman fleet appeared in Buthrotum
Buthrotum
opposite Corfu. On 8 July the Ottoman fleet, carrying 33,000 men, sailed to Corfu
Corfu
from Buthrotum
Buthrotum
and established a beachhead at Ipsos.[44] The same day, the Venetian fleet encountered the Ottoman fleet off the channel of Corfu
Corfu
and defeated it in the ensuing naval battle. On 19 July, after taking a few outlying forts, the Ottoman army reached the hills around the city of Corfu
Corfu
and laid siege to it. Despite repeated assaults and heavy fighting, the Ottomans were unable to breach the defences and were forced to raise the siege after 22 days. The 5,000 Venetians and foreign mercenaries, together with 3,000 Corfiotes, under the leadership of Count
Count
von der Schulenburg who commanded the defence of the island, were victorious once more.[8][44][46] The success was owed in no small part to the extensive fortifications, where Venetian castle engineering had proven itself once again against considerable odds. The repulse of the Ottomans was widely celebrated in Europe, Corfu
Corfu
being seen as a bastion of Western civilization against the Ottoman tide.[35][47] Today, however, this role is often relatively unknown or ignored, but was celebrated in Juditha triumphans by the Venetian composer Antonio Vivaldi. Venetian policies and legacy[edit] Corfu's urban architecture differs from that of other major Greek cities, because of Corfu's unique history. From 1386 to 1797, Corfu was ruled by Venetian nobility; much of the city reflects this era when the island belonged to the Republic of Venice, with multi-storied buildings on narrow lanes. The Old Town of Corfu
Corfu
has clear Venetian influence and is amongst the World Heritage Sites in Greece. It was in the Venetian period that the city saw the erection of the first opera house (Nobile Teatro di San Giacomo di Corfù) in Greece, but it was badly damaged during World War II
World War II
by German artillery. Many Venetian-speaking families settled in Corfu
Corfu
during these centuries; they were called Corfiot Italians, and until the second half of the 20th century the Veneto da mar was spoken in Corfu. During this time, the local Greek language
Greek language
assimilated a large number of Italian and Venetian words, many of which are still common today. The internationally renowned Venetian-born British photographer Felice Beato is thought to have spent much of his childhood in Corfu. Also many Italian Jews
Italian Jews
took refuge in Corfu
Corfu
during the Venetian centuries and spoke their own language (Italkian), a mixture of Hebrew-Italian in a Venetian or Apulian dialect with some Greek words. Venetians promoted the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
during their four centuries of rule in Corfu. Today the majority of Corfiots are Greek Orthodox, but the small Catholic minority (5%), living harmoniously with the Orthodox community, owes its faith to these origins. These contemporary Catholics are mostly families who came from Malta, but also from Italy, and today the Catholic community numbers about 4,000 (​2⁄3 of Maltese descent), who live almost exclusively in the Venetian "Citadel" of Corfu
Corfu
City. Like other native Greek Catholics, they celebrate Easter using the same calendar as the Greek Orthodox church. The Cathedral of St. James and St. Christopher in Corfu
Corfu
City is the see of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Corfu, Zakynthos
Zakynthos
and Cephalonia. The island served also as a refuge for Greek scholars, and in 1732, it became the home of the first academy of modern Greece. A Corfu
Corfu
cleric and scholar, Nikephoros Theotokis
Nikephoros Theotokis
(1732–1800) became renowned in Greece
Greece
as an educator, and in Russia
Russia
(where he moved later in his life) as an Orthodox archbishop. The island's culture absorbed Venetian influence in a variety of ways; like other Ionian islands
Ionian islands
(see Cuisine of the Ionian islands), its local cuisine took in such elements and today's Corfiot cooking includes Venetian delicacies and recipes: "Pastitsada", deriving from the Venetian "Pastissada" (Italian: "Spezzatino") and the most popular dish in the island of Corfu, "Sofrito", "Strapatsada", "Savoro", "Bianco" and "Mandolato".

Venetian blazon with the Lion of Saint Mark, as frequently found on the New Fortress
New Fortress
walls.

Panoramic view of Corfu (city)
Corfu (city)
from the New Fortress.

Detail of the south wing of the entrance at Kassiopi
Kassiopi
Castle

View of Kasiopi village from the castle

19th century[edit] Further information: French departments of Greece, Septinsular Republic, and United States of the Ionian Islands

A Russian Gun from the Russian-Ottoman occupation of Corfu
Corfu
in the beginning of the 19th century, Paleokastritsa.

By the 1797 Treaty of Campo Formio, Corfu
Corfu
was ceded to the French, who occupied it for two years as the département of Corcyre, until they were expelled by a joint Russian-Ottoman squadron under Admiral Ushakov. For a short time it became the capital of a self-governing federation of the Heptanesos ("Seven Islands"), under Ottoman suzerainty; in 1807 after the Treaty of Tilsit
Treaty of Tilsit
its faction-ridden government was again replaced by a French administration under governor François-Xavier Donzelot, and in 1809 it was besieged in vain by a British fleet, which had taken all the other Ionian islands. The Ionian Islands
Ionian Islands
became a protectorate of the United Kingdom by the Treaty of Paris of 5 November 1815 as the United States of the Ionian Islands. Corfu
Corfu
became the seat of the British Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands. The period of British rule was a prosperous period for Corfu
Corfu
because the Greek language
Greek language
became official, new roads were built, the water supply system was improved and the first Greek university was founded in 1824. Following a plebiscite the Second National Assembly of the Greeks at Athens
Athens
elected a new king, Prince Wilhelm (William) of Denmark, who took the name George I and brought with him the Ionian Islands
Ionian Islands
as a coronation gift from Britain. On 29 March 1864, the United Kingdom, Greece, France and Russia
Russia
signed the Treaty of London, pledging the transfer of sovereignty to Greece
Greece
upon ratification. Thus, on 21 May, by proclamation of the Lord High Commissioner, the Ionian Islands
Ionian Islands
were united with Greece.[44] British Lord High Commissioners during the protectorate[edit]

The Maitland Monument
Maitland Monument
in Corfu
Corfu
town, built to commemorate Sir Thomas Maitland.

This is a list of the British High Commissioners of the Ionian Islands; (as well as the transitional Greek Governor, appointed a year prior to Enosis (Union) with Greece
Greece
in 1864).[48]

Sir James Campbell 1814–1816 Sir Thomas Maitland
Sir Thomas Maitland
(1759–1824) 1815–1823 Sir Frederick Adam
Frederick Adam
(1781–1853) 1823–1832 Sir Alexander Woodford
Alexander Woodford
(1782–1870) 1832 George Nugent-Grenville, 2nd Baron Nugent (1788–1850) 1832–1835 Howard Douglas
Howard Douglas
(1776–1861) 1835–1840 James Alexander Stewart-Mackenzie (1784–1843) 1840–1843 John Colborne, 1st Baron Seaton
John Colborne, 1st Baron Seaton
(1778–1863) 1843–1849 Sir Henry George Ward
Henry George Ward
(1797–1860) 1849–1855 Sir John Young (1807–1876) 1855–1859 William Ewart Gladstone
William Ewart Gladstone
(1809–1898) 1859 Sir Henry Knight Storks
Henry Knight Storks
(1811–1874) 1859–1863 Count
Count
Dimitrios Nikolaou Karousos, President of Parliament (1799–1873) 1863–1864

First World War[edit] Further information: Serbian army's retreat through Albania

Serbian soldiers in Corfu
Corfu
during WWI

During the First World War, the island served as a refuge for the Serbian army that retreated there on Allied forces' ships from a homeland occupied by the Austrians, Germans and Bulgarians. During their stay, a large portion of Serbian soldiers died from exhaustion, food shortage, and various diseases. Most of their remains were buried at sea near the island of Vido, a small island at the mouth of Corfu port, and a monument of thanks to the Greek nation has been erected at Vido
Vido
by the grateful Serbs; consequently, the waters around Vido Island are known by the Serbian people as the Blue Tomb (in Serbian, Плава Гробница, Plava Grobnica), after a poem written by Milutin Bojić
Milutin Bojić
following World War I.[49] Interwar period[edit] In 1923, after a diplomatic dispute between Italy
Italy
and Greece, Italian forces bombarded and occupied Corfu. The League of Nations
League of Nations
settled this Corfu
Corfu
incident. Second World War and resistance[edit] Further information: Axis occupation of Greece Italian occupation[edit]

Bay of Garitsa

During the Greco-Italian War, Corfu
Corfu
was occupied by the Italians in April 1941. They administered Corfu
Corfu
and the Ionian islands
Ionian islands
as a separate entity from Greece
Greece
until September 1943, following Benito Mussolini's orders of fulfilling Italian Irredentism and making Corfu part of the Kingdom of Italy. During the Second World War the 10th infantry regiment of the Greek Army, composed mainly of Corfiot soldiers,[50] was assigned the task of defending Corfu. The regiment took part in Operation Latzides, which was a heroic but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to stem the forces of the Italians.[50] After Greece's surrender to the Axis, the island came under Italian control and occupation.[50] On the first Sunday of November 1941, high school students from all over Corfu
Corfu
took part in student protests against the occupying Italian army; these student protests of the island were among the first acts of overt popular Resistance in occupied Greece and a rare phenomenon even by wartime European standards.[50] Subsequently, a considerable number of Corfiots escaped to Epirus
Epirus
in mainland Greece
Greece
and enlisted as partisans in ELAS and EDES, in order to join the resistance movement gathering in the mainland.[50] German occupation[edit]

Italian soldiers taken prisoner by the Germans in Corfu, September 1943.

Upon the fall of Italian fascism
Italian fascism
in 1943, the Nazis moved to take control of the island. On 14 September 1943, Corfu
Corfu
was bombarded by the Luftwaffe; these bombing raids destroyed churches, homes, whole city blocks, especially in the Jewish quarter Evraiki, and a number of important buildings, such as the Ionian Parliament, the Municipal Theatre, the Municipal Library and others.[50] The Italians capitulated, and the island came under German occupation. Corfu's mayor at the time, Kollas, was a known collaborator and various anti-semitic laws were passed by the Nazis that now formed the occupation government of the island.[51] In early June 1944, while the Allies bombed Corfu
Corfu
as a diversion from the Normandy landings, the Gestapo
Gestapo
rounded up the Jews
Jews
of the city, temporarily incarcerated them at the old fort (Palaio Frourio), and on 10 June sent them to Auschwitz, where very few survived.[51][52] Approximately two hundred out of a total population of 1,900 escaped.[53] Many among the local population at the time provided shelter and refuge to those 200 Jews that managed to escape the Nazis.[54] A section of the old city is called Evraiki (Εβραική, meaning Jewish quarter), where there is currently a synagogue with about 65 members, who still speak their original Italkian language.[53] Liberation[edit]

Douglas' column at the suburb of Garitsa. Built to commemorate Howard Douglas.

Corfu
Corfu
was liberated by British troops, specifically the 40th Royal Marine Commando, which landed in Corfu
Corfu
on 14 October 1944, as the Germans were evacuating Greece.[55] The Royal Navy
Royal Navy
swept the Corfu Channel for mines in 1944 and 1945, and found it to be free of mines.[56] A large minefield was laid there shortly afterwards by the newly communist Albania
Albania
and gave rise to the Corfu
Corfu
Channel Incident.[56][57][58][59] This incident led to the Corfu
Corfu
Channel Case, where the United Kingdom opened a case against the People's Republic of Albania
Albania
at the International Court of Justice. Post–World War and modern Corfu[edit] After World War II
World War II
and the Greek Civil War, the island was rebuilt under the general programme of reconstruction of the Greek Government (Ανοικοδόμησις) and many elements of its classical architecture remain. Its economy grew but a portion of its inhabitants left the island for other parts of the country; buildings erected during Italian occupation – such as schools or government buildings – were put back to civic use. In 1956 Maria Desylla Kapodistria, relative of first Governor (head of state) of Greece
Greece
Ioannis Kapodistrias, was elected mayor of Corfu
Corfu
and became the first female mayor in Greece.[60] The Corfu
Corfu
General Hospital was also constructed;[61] electricity was introduced to the villages in the 1950s, the radio substation of Hellenic Radio in Corfu
Corfu
was inaugurated in March 1957,[62] and television was introduced in the 1960s, with internet connections in 1995.[63] The Ionian University
Ionian University
was established in 1984. Urban landscape[edit] Old town[edit] Main article: Corfu
Corfu
(city)

Panoramic view of parts of Old Town of Corfu
Corfu
as seen from Old Fortress. The Bay of Garitsa is to the left and the port of Corfu
Corfu
is just visible on the top right of the picture. Spianada Square
Spianada Square
is in the foreground.

The city of Corfu
Corfu
stands on the broad part of a peninsula, whose termination in the Venetian citadel (Greek: Παλαιό Φρούριο) is cut off from it by an artificial fosse formed in a natural gully, with a seawater moat at the bottom, that now serves as a marina and is called the Contrafossa. The old town, having grown within fortifications, where every metre of ground was precious, is a labyrinth of narrow streets paved with cobblestones, sometimes tortuous but colourful and clean. These streets are known as kantoúnia (Greek: καντούνια), and the older amongst them sometimes follow the gentle irregularities of the ground; while many are too narrow for vehicular traffic. A promenade rises by the seashore towards the bay of Garitsa (Γαρίτσα), together with an esplanade between the city and the citadel known as Spianada with the Liston (it) arcade (Greek: Λιστόν) to its west side, where restaurants and bistros abound.[3] Palaio Frourio[edit] Main article: Old Fortress, Corfu

Palaio Frourio south elevation. The Venetian built moat is on the left and the Doric style St. George's Church built by the British can be seen in the background on the right.

The old citadel (in Greek Palaio Frourio (Παλαιό Φρούριο) is an old Venetian fortress built on an artificial islet with fortifications surrounding its entire perimeter, although some sections, particularly on the east side, are slowly being eroded and falling into the sea. Nonetheless, the interior has been restored and is in use for cultural events, such as concerts (συναυλίες) and Sound and Light Productions (Ηχος και Φως), when historical events are recreated using sound and light special effects. These events take place amidst the ancient fortifications, with the Ionian sea
Ionian sea
in the background. The central high point of the citadel rises like a giant natural obelisk complete with a military observation post at the top, with a giant cross at its apex; at the foot of the observatory lies St. George's church, in a classical style punctuated by six Doric columns,[64] as opposed to the Byzantine architectural style of the greater part of Greek Orthodox
Greek Orthodox
churches. Neo Frourio[edit] Main article: New Fortress, Corfu

View of the Neo Frourio

The new citadel or Neo Frourio (Νέο Φρούριο, "New Fortress") is a huge complex of fortifications dominating the northeastern part of the city. The huge walls of the fortress loom over the landscape as one travels from Neo Limani (Νέο Λιμάνι, "New Port") to the city, taking the road that passes through the fishmarket (ψαραγορά). The new citadel was until recently a restricted area due to the presence of a naval garrison, but old restrictions have been lifted and it is now open to the public, with tours possible through the maze of medieval corridors and fortifications. The winged Lion of St Mark, the symbol of Venice, can be seen at regular intervals adorning the fortifications. Ano and Kato Plateia and the music pavilion[edit] Near the old Venetian Citadel
Citadel
a large square called Spianada is also to be found, divided by a street in two parts: "Ano Plateia" (literally: "Upper square") and "Kato Plateia" (literally: "Lower square"), (Ανω Πλατεία and Κάτω Πλατεία in Greek). This is the biggest square in South-Eastern Europe and one of the largest in Europe,[65][66] and replete with green spaces and interesting structures, such as a Roman-style rotunda from the era of British administration, known as the Maitland monument, built to commemorate Sir Thomas Maitland. An ornate music pavilion is also present, where the local "Philharmonikes" (Philharmonic Orchestras) (Φιλαρμονικές), mount classical performances in the artistic and musical tradition for which the island is well known. "Kato Plateia" also serves as a venue where cricket matches are held from time to time. In Greece, cricket is unique to Corfu, as it was once a British protectorate. Palaia Anaktora and its gardens[edit] Main article: Palace of St. Michael and St. George

View of the Palace of Saints Michael and George (Palaia Anaktora). The gates of St. Michael and St. George are on the left and right respectively. The gardens are to the right of the arch of St. George. The statue of Sir Frederick Adam, a British governor of Corfu, is at the front.

The Garden of the People at the Palace of St. Michael and St. George (Palaia Anaktora) with the Ionian Sea
Ionian Sea
in the background.

Just to the north of "Kato Plateia" lie the "Palaia Anaktora" (Παλαιά Ανάκτορα: literally "Old Palaces"): a large complex of buildings of Roman architectural style which formerly housed the Kings of Greece, and prior to that the British Governors of the island. It was then called the Palace of Saints Michael and George. The Order of St. Michael and St. George
Order of St. Michael and St. George
was founded here in 1818 with motto auspicium melioris aevi,[67][68] and is still awarded by the United Kingdom. Today the palace is open to the public and forms a complex of halls and buildings housing art exhibits, including a Museum of Asian Art, unique across Southern Europe in its scope and in the richness of its Chinese and Asian exhibits. The gardens of the Palaces, complete with old Venetian stone aquariums, exotic trees and flowers, overlook the bay through old Venetian fortifications and turrets, and the local sea baths (Μπάνια τ' Αλέκου) are at the foot of the fortifications surrounding the gardens. A café on the grounds includes its own art gallery, with exhibitions of both local and international artists, known locally as the Art Café. From the same spot, the viewer can observe ships passing through the narrow channel of the historic Vido
Vido
island (Νησί Βίδου) to the north, on their way to Corfu
Corfu
harbour (Νέο Λιμάνι), with high speed retractable aerofoil ferries from Igoumenitsa
Igoumenitsa
also cutting across the panorama. A wrought-iron aerial staircase, closed to visitors, descends to the sea from the gardens; the Greek royal family used it as a shortcut to the baths. Rewriting history, locals now refer to the old Royal Gardens as the "Garden of the People" (Ο Κήπος του Λαού). The Old Town and Pontikonisi[edit] The Old Town of Corfu
Corfu
city is an UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage Site. In several parts of the old city, buildings of the Venetian era are to be found. The old city's architectural character is strongly influenced by the Venetian style, coming as it did under Venetian rule for a long period; its small and ancient side streets, and the old buildings' trademark arches are particularly reminiscent of Venice. Of the thirty-seven Greek churches, the most important are the city's cathedral, the church dedicated to Our Lady of the Cave (η Παναγία Σπηλιώτισσα (hē Panagia Spēliōtissa)); Saint Spyridon
Saint Spyridon
church, wherein lies the preserved body of the patron saint of the island; and finally the suburban church of St Jason
Jason
and St Sosipater (Αγιοι Ιάσων και Σωσίπατρος), reputedly the oldest in the island, and named after the two saints probably the first to preach Christianity to the Corfiots. The nearby island, known as Pontikonisi
Pontikonisi
(Greek meaning "mouse island"), though small is very green with abundant trees, and at its highest natural elevation (excluding its trees or man-made structures, such as the monastery), stands at about 2 m (6 ft 6.74 in). Pontikonisi
Pontikonisi
is home of the monastery of Pantokrator (Μοναστήρι του Παντοκράτορος); the white stone staircase of the monastery, viewed from afar, gives the impression of a (mouse) tail, which lent the island its name. Archaeology and architecture[edit] An architectural overview: From classical to modern[edit]

The harbour of Corfu
Corfu
in 1890

Corfu
Corfu
contains a few very important remains of antiquity. The site of the ancient city of Corcyra (Kerkyra) is well ascertained, about 1.5 mi (2 km) to the south-east of Corfu, upon the narrow piece of ground between the sea-lake of Halikiopoulo and the Bay of Castrades, in each of which it had a port. The circular tomb of Menekrates, with its well-known inscription, is on the Bay of Castrades. Under the hill of Ascension are the remains of a temple, popularly called of Poseidon, a very simple dome structure, which still in its mutilated state presents some peculiarities of architecture. In regard of Cassiope, the only other city of ancient importance, its name is still preserved by the village of Cassiopi, and there are some rude remains of building on the site; but the temple of Zeus
Zeus
Cassius for which it was celebrated has totally disappeared. Throughout the island numerous monasteries and other buildings of Venetian erection are to be found, of which the best known are Paleokastritsa, San Salvador and Peleka. The Achilleion is a palace commissioned by Elisabeth of Austria
Austria
and purchased in 1907 by Wilhelm II of Germany; it is now a popular tourist attraction. Italianate architecture[edit]

Old Corfu
Corfu
town as seen from the sea

Corfu
Corfu
city is famous for its Italianate architecture, most notably the Liston, an arched colonnade lined with cafes on the edge of the Spianada (Esplanade), the vast main plaza and park which incorporates a cricket field and several pavilions. Also notable are the Venetian-Roman style City Hall, the Old and New castles, the recently restored Palace of Sts. Michael and George, formerly the residence of the British governor and the seat of the Ionian Senate, and the summer Palace of Mon Repos, formerly the property of the Greek royal family and birthplace of the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Park of Mon Repos is adjacent to the Palaiopolis of Kerkyra, where excavations were conducted by the Greek Archaeological Service in collaboration with the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium, and Brown University in the United States. Examples of the finds can be found in the Museum of the Palace of Mon Repos.[69] Destruction of architecture during World War II[edit] During World War II, the island was bombed by the Luftwaffe, resulting in the destruction of most of the city's buildings, including its market (αγορά) and Hotel Bella Venezia. The worst architectural losses of the Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
bombardment were the splendid buildings of the Ionian Academy
Ionian Academy
(Ιόνιος Ακαδημία), and the Municipal Theatre (which in 1901 had replaced the Nobile Teatro di San Giacomo). The Roman style Theatre (Θέατρον) of the city was later replaced by a bland, modern box-style building. Discussions have been held at local governmental level about demolishing this modern building and replacing it with a replica of the old theatre. In contrast, the Ionian University
Ionian University
reconstructed the Ionian Academy
Ionian Academy
in its former style. The Achilleion[edit] Main article: Achilleion (Corfu)

Statue of Achilleús Thnēskōn ( Achilles
Achilles
Dying) in the gardens of the Achilleion.

In 1889, Empress Elizabeth of Austria
Austria
built a summer palace in the region of Gastouri (Γαστούρι) to the south of the city, naming it Achílleion (Αχίλλειον) after the Homeric hero Achilles. The structure is filled with paintings and statues of Achilles, both in the main hall and in the gardens, depicting scenes of the Trojan War. The palace, with the neoclassical Greek statues that surround it, is a monument to platonic romanticism as well as escapism.

Achilles
Achilles
as guardian of the palace in the gardens of the Achilleion. He gazes northward, toward the city. The inscription in Greek reads: ΑΧΙΛΛΕΥΣ i.e. Achilles. It was commissioned by Kaiser
Kaiser
Wilhelm II.

The Imperial gardens on the hill look over the surrounding green hills and valleys and the Ionian sea. The centrepiece of the gardens is a marble statue on a high pedestal, of the mortally wounded Achilles (Greek: Αχιλλεύς Θνήσκων, Achilleús Thnēskōn, Achilles
Achilles
Dying) without hubris and wearing only a simple cloth and an ancient Greek hoplite helmet. This statue was carved by German sculptor Ernst Gustav Herter. The hero is presented devoid of rank or status, and seems notably human, though heroic, as he is forever trying to pull Paris's arrow from his heel. His classically depicted face is full of pain. He gazes skyward, as if to seek help from Olympus. According to Greek mythology, his mother Thetis
Thetis
was a goddess. In 1898, Empress Sissi was assassinated at the age of 60 by an Italian anarchist, Luigi Lucheni, in Geneva, Switzerland. After her death, the palace was sold to the German Kaiser
Kaiser
Wilhelm II. In contrast, at the great staircase in the main hall is a giant painting of the triumphant Achilles
Achilles
full of pride. Dressed in full royal military regalia and erect on his racing chariot, he pulls the lifeless body of Hector of Troy in front of the stunned crowd watching helplessly from inside the walls of the Trojan citadel. Following the Kaiser's purchase of the Achilleion, he invited archaeologist Reinhard Kekulé von Stradonitz, a friend and advisor, to come to Corfu
Corfu
to advise him where to position the huge statue of Achilles
Achilles
which he commissioned. The famous salute to Achilles
Achilles
from the Kaiser, which had been inscribed at the statue's base, was also created by Kekulé. The inscription read:[70]

To the Greatest Greek from the Greatest German

The inscription was subsequently removed after World War II.[71] The Achilleion was eventually acquired by the Greek state and has now been converted into a museum. Kaiser's Bridge[edit]

View of the Kaiser's bridge

German Kaiser
Kaiser
Wilhelm II was also fond of taking holidays in Corfu. Having purchased the Achilleion in 1907 after Sissi's death, he appointed Carl Ludwig Sprenger
Carl Ludwig Sprenger
as the botanical architect of the Palace, and also built a bridge later named by the locals after him—the "Kaiser's bridge" (Greek: η γέφυρα του Κάιζερ transliterated as: i gefyra tou Kaizer)—to access the beach without traversing the road forming the island's main artery to the south. The bridge, arching over the road, spanned the distance between the lower gardens of Achilleion and the nearby beach; its remains, a monument to imperial vanity, are an important landmark on the highway. The bridge's central section was demolished by the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
in 1944, during the German occupation of World War II, to allow for the passage of an enormous cannon, forming part of the Nazi defences in the southeastern coast of Corfu.[72][73] Municipality[edit]

The flag of the municipality

The present municipality of Corfu
Corfu
was formed in the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 15 former municipalities, which became municipal units:[6]

Agios Georgios Achilleio Corfu
Corfu
(city) Ereikoussa Esperies Faiakes Kassopaia Korissia Lefkimmi Mathraki Meliteieis Othonoi Palaiokastritsa Parelioi Thinali

Province[edit] The province of Corfu
Corfu
(Greek: Επαρχία Κέρκυρας) was one of the provinces of the Corfu
Corfu
Prefecture. Its territory corresponded with that of the current municipality Corfu.[74] It was abolished in 2006. Education[edit]

The Ionian Academy
Ionian Academy
is the first academic institution of modern Greece. The building is now fully restored after the WWII Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
bombings.

Ioannis Kapodistrias' ancestral home in Corfu
Corfu
town. Nowadays hosts the Translation Department of the Ionian University

Aside from being a leading centre for the Fine Arts, Corfu
Corfu
is also the home of the Ionian Academy, an institution carrying through and strengthening the tradition of Greek education while the rest of Greece
Greece
was still under Ottoman rule. It is also home to the Ionian University, established in 1984, in recognition, by the administration of Andreas Papandreou, of Corfu's contribution to Education in Greece, as the seat of the first Greek university in modern times,[75] the Ionian Academy. The academy was founded in 1824, forty years before the cession of the Ionian islands to Greece, and just three years after Greece's Revolution of 1821. Student activism[edit] In the modern era, beginning with its massive student protests during World War II
World War II
against fascist occupation, and continuing in the fight against the dictatorship of Georgios Papadopoulos
Georgios Papadopoulos
(1967–1974), students in Corfu
Corfu
have played a vanguard role in protesting for freedom and democracy in Greece, against both internal and external oppression. For Corfiotes a recent example of such heroism is that of geology student Kostas Georgakis, who set himself ablaze in Genoa, Italy
Italy
on 19 September 1970, in a protest against the Greek military junta of 1967-1974. Culture[edit] Museums and libraries[edit]

The Gorgon
Gorgon
as depicted on the western pediment from the Temple of Artemis, on display at the Archaeological Museum of Corfu.

Corfu
Corfu
library at Palaio Frourio

Kerkyra has always been a cultural centre of distinction and cosmopolitanism. Its museums and libraries are studded with irreplaceable books and artifacts. The most notable of its museums and libraries are located in the city, and are:[76]

The Archaeological Museum, inaugurated in 1967, was constructed to house the exhibit of the huge Gorgon
Gorgon
pediment of the Artemis temple in the ancient city of Korkyra, excavated at Palaiopolis in the early 20th century. The pediment has been described by the New York Times
New York Times
as the "finest example of archaic temple sculpture extant".[77] Kaiser Wilhelm II had developed a "lifelong obsession" with the Gorgon sculpture, dating from seminars on Greek Archaeology the Kaiser attended while at the University of Bonn. The seminars were given by archaeologist Reinhard Kekulé von Stradonitz, who later became the Kaiser's advisor.[70] In 1994, two more halls were added to the museum, where new discoveries from the excavations of the ancient city and the Garitsa cemetery are exhibited. The Museum of Asian art of Corfu
Museum of Asian art of Corfu
is located at the Palace of St. Michael and St. George (mainly Chinese and Japanese Arts); its unique collection is housed in 15 rooms, taking in over 12,000 artifacts, including a Greco-Buddhist art
Greco-Buddhist art
collection that shows the influence of Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great
on Buddhist culture as far as Pakistan
Pakistan
(see Greco-Buddhism). The Banknote Museum, located in Aghios Spyridon square, features a complete collection of Greek banknotes from independence to the adoption of the euro in 2002. The Byzantine Museum of Antivouniotissa, a church converted into a museum featuring rare Byzantine art. Kapodistrias Museum. Ioannis Kapodistrias' summer home in Koukourisa in his birthplace of Corfu
Corfu
has been converted to a museum commemorating his life and accomplishments and has been named in his honour.[78] Donated by Maria Desylla Kapodistria, grand niece of Ioannis Kapodistrias, former mayor of Corfu
Corfu
and first female mayor of Greece. The Music Museum of the Philharmonic Society of Corfu
Philharmonic Society of Corfu
is located in the building of the Philharmonic Society and features scores, instruments, paintings and documents related to the music history of Corfu
Corfu
and the 19th-century Ionian Islands. The Public Library of Corfu
Corfu
is located at the old English Barracks, in Palaio Frourio. The Reading Society of Corfu
Corfu
has an extensive library of old Corfu manuscripts and rare books. The Serbian Museum of Corfu
Serbian Museum of Corfu
(Serbian: Српска кућа, Serbian House) houses rare exhibits about the Serbian soldiers' tragic fate during the First World War. The remnants of the Serbian Army of about 150,000 soldiers together with their government in exile, found refuge and shelter in Corfu, following the collapse of the Serbian Front as a result of the Austro-Hungarian
Austro-Hungarian
attack of 6 October 1915. 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 and other decorations of the Kingdom of Serbia. Solomos Museum and the Corfiot Studies Society.

Patron Saint Spyridon[edit]

The bell tower of the Saint Spyridon
Saint Spyridon
Church can be seen in the background among the busy kantounia of the city centre. On top of the stores are apartments with balconies. It is from these type of balconies that Corfiots throw botides, clay pots, to celebrate the Resurrection during Easter festivities.

Saint Spyridon
Saint Spyridon
the Thaumaturgist (Miracle-worker, Θαυματουργός) is the patron saint (πολιούχος) of the city and the island. St. Spyridon is revered for the miracle of expelling the plague (πανώλη) from the island, among many other miracles attributed to him. It is believed by the faithful that on its way from the island the plague scratched one of the fortification stones of the old citadel to indicate its fury at being expelled; to St. Spyridon is also attributed the role of saving the island at the second great siege of Corfu
Corfu
of 1716.[79][80] The legend says that the sight of St. Spyridon approaching Ottoman forces bearing a flaming torch in one hand and a cross in the other caused panic.[44][81][82] The legend also states that the Saint caused a tempest which was partly responsible for repulsing the Ottomans.[83] This victory over the Ottomans, therefore, was attributed not only to the leadership of Count
Count
Schulenburg who commanded the stubborn defence of the island against Ottoman forces, but also to the miraculous intervention of St. Spyridon. Venice
Venice
honoured von der Schulenburg and the Corfiots for successfully defending the island. Recognizing St. Spyridon's role in the defence of the island Venice
Venice
legislated the establishment of the litany (λιτανεία) of St Spyridon on 11 August as a commemoration of the miraculous event, inaugurating a tradition that continues to this day.[44] In 1716 Antonio Vivaldi, on commission by the republic of Venice, composed the oratorio Juditha triumphans
Juditha triumphans
to commemorate this great event. Juditha triumphans
Juditha triumphans
was first performed in November 1716 in Venice
Venice
by the orchestra and choir of the Ospedale della Pietà and is described as Vivaldi's first great oratorio.[84] Hence Spyridon is a very popular first name for Greek males born on the island and/or to islanders. Music and festivities[edit] The Three City Philharmonics[edit]

A marching band from Austria, a frequent visitor, through the Corfu landmark of Liston (it). In the background the western arch of Palace of St. Michael and St. George.

Corfiote musical tradition is significant. In the past, people would join in the singing of cantádes (Greek: καντάδες) or serenades), impromptu choral songs in two, three or four voices, usually accompanied by a guitar. Nowadays, in the face of rigours of a modern life from which Corfiote society has not been spared, cantádes (from the Italian verb cantare, to sing) are only performed by semi-professional or amateur singers, often as attractions for visitors. 'Bands' (Philharmonic societies, or Φιλαρμονικές), which also provide free instruction in music, are still popular and continue to attract young recruits. There are nineteen such marching wind bands throughout the island. Corfu
Corfu
city is home to the three most prestigious bands – in order of seniority:

the Philharmonic Society of Corfu
Philharmonic Society of Corfu
use dark blue uniforms with dark red accents, and blue and red helmet plumes. It is usually called the Old Philharmonic or simply the Paliá ("Old"). Founded 12 September 1840. the Mantzaros Philharmonic Society use blue uniforms with blue and white helmet plumes. It is commonly called the Néa ("New"). Founded 25 October 1890. the Capodistria Philharmonic Union use bright red and black uniforms and plumes. It is commonly called the Cónte Capodístria or simply the Cónte ("Count"). It is the juniormost of the three (founded 18 April 1980).

All three maintain two major bands each, the main marching bands that can field up to 200 musicians on grand occasions, and the 60-strong student bandinas meant for lighter fare and on-the-job training. The bands give regular summer weekend promenade concerts at the Spianada Green "pálko", and have a prominent part in the yearly Holy Week ceremonies. A considerable but mostly friendly rivalry between them persists, and each rigorously adhere to their respective repertoires. Every time one of these bands passes in front of the building housing another, they stop and give a musical "salute" to their rival. While this is officially a sign of respect, it is actually a challenge meant to show off to the rivals and impress them with a display of superior musicianship. Easter[edit]

The Music Pavilion in Spianada Square
Spianada Square
(Ano Plateia) with Palaio Frourio in the background. The philharmonics use it regularly for their free concerts.

On Good Friday, from the early afternoon onward, the bands of the three Philharmonic Societies, separated into squads, accompany the Epitaph processions of the city churches. Late in the afternoon, the squads come together to form one band in order to accompany the Epitaph procession of the cathedral, while the funeral marches that the bands play differ depending on the band; the Old Philharmonic play Albinoni's Adagio, the Mantzaros play Verdi's Marcia Funebre from Don Carlo, and the Capodistria play Chopin's Funeral March and Mariani's Sventura.[85] On Holy Saturday morning, the three city bands again take part in the Epitaph processions of St. Spyridon Cathedral in procession with the Saint's relics.[85] At this point the bands play different funeral marches, with the Mantzaros playing Miccheli's Calde Lacrime, the Palia playing Marcia Funebre from Faccio's Amleto, and the Capodistria playing the Funeral March from Beethoven's Eroica. This custom dates from the 19th century, when colonial administrators banned the participation of the British garrison band in the traditional Holy Friday funeral cortege. The defiant Corfiotes held the litany the following morning, and paraded the relics of St. Spyridon too, so that the administrators would not dare intervene. The litany is followed by the celebration of the "Early Resurrection"; balconies in the old city are decked in bright red cloth, and Corfiotes throw down large clay pots (the bótides, μπότηδες) full of water to smash on the street pavement, especially in wider areas of Liston (it) and in an organised fashion.[85] This is enacted in anticipation of the Resurrection of Jesus, which is to be celebrated that same night,[85] and to commemorate King David's phrase: "Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel" (Psalm 2:9). Once the bótides commotion is over, the three bands parade the clay-strewn streets playing the famous "Graikoí" festive march.[86] This legendary march, the anthem of the island, was composed during Venetian rule, and its lyrics urged: "Greeks, never fear, we are all enslaved: you to the Turks, we to the Venetians, but one day we shall all be free". The Venetians were replaced by the French and the French by the British, and both the lyrics and the performance of the march were officially banned. The bands, however, defiantly played it on the Eve of Easter, as a token of the resurrection of the nation, and the tradition is honored to this day. Musical history[edit]

Nikolaos Mantzaros, major representative of the Ionian School of music

While much of present-day Greece
Greece
was under Ottoman rule, the Ionian Islands enjoyed a Golden Age in music and opera. Corfu
Corfu
was the capital city of a prized Venetian colony and it benefited from a unique musical and theatrical heritage. Then in the 19th century, as a British Protectorate, Corfu
Corfu
developed a musical heritage of its own and which constitutes the nucleus of modern Greek musical history. Until the early 18th century, musical life took place in city and village squares, with performances of straight or musical comedies – known as Momaries or Bobaries. From 1720, Corfu
Corfu
became the possessor of the first theatre in post-1452 Greece. It was the Teatro San Giacomo (now the City Hall) named after the nearby Roman Catholic cathedral (completed in 1691).[87] The island was also the center of the so-called Ionian School of music, the musical production of a group of Heptanesian composers, whose heyday was from the early 19th century till approximately the 1950s. It was the first school of classical music in Greece
Greece
and it was a heavy influence for the later Greek music scene, after the independence. Teatro di San Giacomo[edit] Main article: Nobile Teatro di San Giacomo di Corfù

Nobile Teatro di San Giacomo di Corfù
Nobile Teatro di San Giacomo di Corfù
was the first theatre and opera house of modern Greece. Today it serves as the Corfu City
Corfu City
Hall.

Under Venetian rule, the Corfiotes developed a fervent appreciation of Italian opera, which was the real source of the extraordinary (given conditions in the mainland of Greece) musical development of the island during this era.[88] The opera house of Corfu
Corfu
during 18th and 19th century was the Nobile Teatro di San Giacomo, named after the neighbouring Catholic cathedral; it was later converted into the City Hall.[88] It was both the first theatre and first opera house of Greece
Greece
in modern times and the place where the first Greek opera (based on an exclusively Greek libretto), Spyridon Xyndas' The Parliamentary Candidate was performed.[88] A long series of local composers, such as Nikolaos Mantzaros, Spyridon Xyndas, Antonio Liberali, Domenico Padovani, the Zakynthian Pavlos Carrer, the Lambelet family, Spyridon Samaras, and others, all developed careers intertwined with the theatre.[88] San Giacomo's place was taken by the Municipal Theatre in 1902, which maintained the operatic tradition vividly until its destruction during German air raid in 1943.[88] The first opera to be performed in the San Giacomo was in 1733 ("Gerone, tiranno di Siracusa"),[88] and for almost two hundred years, between 1771 and 1943, nearly every major opera from the Italian tradition, as well as many others from Greek and French composers, were performed on the stage of the San Giacomo; this tradition continues to be reflected in Corfiote operatic mythology, a fixture in famous opera singers' itineraries.[89] Municipal Theatre of Corfu[edit] Main article: Municipal Theatre of Corfu

The Municipal Theatre of Corfu, which in the early 20th century replaced the legendary Nobile Teatro di San Giacomo. This photograph shows the theatre prior to the 1943 Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
bombardment and its subsequent destruction during WWII.

The new municipal theatre.

The Municipal Theatre of Corfu
Municipal Theatre of Corfu
(Greek: Δημοτικό Θέατρο Κέρκυρας) has been the main theatre and opera house in Corfu, Greece
Greece
since 1902.[90] The theatre was the successor of Nobile Teatro di San Giacomo di Corfù which became the Corfu
Corfu
city hall. It was destroyed during a Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
aerial bombardment in 1943.[90] Ionian University
Ionian University
and musical tradition[edit] Since the early 1990s a music department has been established at the Ionian University. Aside from its academic activities, concerts in Corfu
Corfu
and abroad, and musicological research in the field of Neo-Hellenic Music, the Department organizes an international music academy every summer, which gathers together both international students and professors specialising in brass, strings, singing, jazz and musicology. Ta Karnavalia[edit] Another venerable Corfu
Corfu
tradition is known as the Carnival
Carnival
or Ta Karnavalia. Venetian in origin, festivities include a parade featuring the main attraction of Karnavalos, a rather grotesque figure with a large head and smiling face, leading a diverse procession of colourful floats.[91] Corfiots, young and old, dress up in colourful costumes and follow the parade, spilling out into the area's narrow streets (kantounia) and spreading the festivities across the city,[91] dancing and socialising. At night, in the island's more sophisticated social circles, dance and costume parties are traditional.[91] Corfu
Corfu
in myth[edit]

It is in Corfu
Corfu
that Hercules, just before embarking on his ten labours, slept with the naiad Melite; she bore him Hyllus, the leader of the Heraclids.[92] Corfu
Corfu
marks the Argonauts' refuge from the avenging Colchic fleet, after their seizure of the Golden Fleece.[44] In the mythical sea adventure of Homer's Odyssey, Kerkyra is the island of the Phaeacians, (Phaiakes) wherein Odysseus
Odysseus
(Ulysses) meets Nausica, the daughter of King Alkinoos. The bay of Palaiokastritsa
Palaiokastritsa
is considered to be the place where Odysseus
Odysseus
disembarked.[93]

Corfu
Corfu
in literature[edit]

British naturalist Gerald Durrell
Gerald Durrell
wrote three well-loved books about his 1935–1940 childhood on Corfu: My Family and Other Animals; Birds, Beasts and Relatives; and The Garden of the Gods. His brother, literary author Lawrence Durrell, also wrote a volume about Corfu: Prospero's Cell: A Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corcyra (Corfu). Mary Stewart's novel This Rough Magic
This Rough Magic
is set in Corfu. Prospero's island in Shakespeare's final play, The Tempest, is often said to have been based on Corfu. Humbert Humbert's first love, Annabel Leigh, is said to have "died of typhus in Corfu" in a primal scene of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. Novelist Simon Raven (1927-2001) set 'Come Like Shadows', the eighth novel in his 'Alms for Oblivion' sequence, on Corfu.

Albert Cohen
Albert Cohen
wrote 3 books which are partially or entirely set in Corfu. They are: Mangeclous, Les Valeureux, and Belle du Seigneur. Corfu
Corfu
in film[edit]

Corfu
Corfu
was one of the main locations featured in the 1970 film The Executioner starring George Peppard
George Peppard
and Joan Collins.[94] Corfu
Corfu
was one of the settings of The Burglars, a 1971 film starring Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jean-Paul Belmondo
and Omar Sharif. Much of the 1978 Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
film Fedora is set in Corfu
Corfu
and filmed on location. The 1981 James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only has a number of scenes filmed in Corfu. The most memorable scene of the film to be bound with the island is of the underwater ancient Greek temple, with a huge turtle swimming in front of the camera; a casino scene was also filmed at the Achilleion.[95] Other scenes filmed here include those tracing 'Melina' and James' walk through the city's streets, and Melina being greeted by Bond at Pontikonisi
Pontikonisi
island. A major action element was filmed on the largest sandy beach on the island, Issos Beach in Agios Georgios South, involving a beach buggy chase along the dunes. The film's scene depicting a Greek wedding was filmed at the Bouas-Danilia traditional village (Μπούας Δανίλια παραδοσιακό χωριό).[95] Action scenes were also filmed at Neo Frourio.[96] The 1984 Greek film "Η Τιμή της Αγάπης" (The Price of Love), directed by Tonia Marketaki is a tragic love story taking place in Corfu. It is based on the novel Honour and Money by Konstantinos Theotokis.[97] Corfu
Corfu
is also the setting of a 1987 BBC
BBC
TV series version, and a 2005 BBC
BBC
movie version, of My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell's book about his childhood in Corfu
Corfu
in the late 1930s The Gaze of the Gorgon
Gorgon
(1992): a poem-film for BBC
BBC
television by British poet Tony Harrison. The film examines the politics of conflict in the 20th century using the Gorgon
Gorgon
as a metaphor. The imaginary narration of the film is done through the mouth of Jewish poet Heinrich Heine. The film describes the connection between the Corfu Gorgon
Gorgon
at the Artemis Temple of Corfu
Artemis Temple of Corfu
and Kaiser
Kaiser
Wilhelm II.[98][99] Harrison concludes his 1992 film-poem by making a proposal that in the 1994 European Union summit in Corfu, Heine's statue be returned to Corfu
Corfu
on time to preside over the new Europe so that EU can keep its eyes open and not turn to stone from the Gorgon's gaze.[99][100][101] The Countess of Corfu
The Countess of Corfu
(Greek: Η Κόμησσα Της Κέρκυρας), a 1972 film starring Rena Vlahopoulou and Alekos Alexandrakis, was filmed in Corfu. ITV aired a TV series, named The Durrells
The Durrells
in Corfu, in April 2016 and a second season in 2017 with a third being filmed that year. It is a biographical series detailing Gerald Durrell's childhood on Corfu.

Corfu
Corfu
in popular culture[edit]

Street of Lefkimmi
Lefkimmi
town

Corfu
Corfu
is one of the locations in the legend of Simon and Milo, where Simon falls in love temporarily. It is the setting of the 1998 song Mediterranean Lady by Prozzak. The island is alluded to several times in David Foster Wallace's The Broom of the System. Drake mentions Corfu
Corfu
in a song. Tourism[edit]

The famous beach at Canal D'Amour, Sidari
Sidari
on a windy day. At the entrance of the bay there is an opening in the rock at the right (centre left of picture) that continues to the other side, a natural tunnel. This sea channel gave the beach its name: Canal D'Amour, French for channel of love.

Corfiotes have a long history of hospitality to foreign residents and visitors, typified in the 20th century by Gerald Durrell's childhood reminiscence My Family and Other Animals. The north east coast has largely been developed by a few British holiday companies, with large expensive holiday villas.[102] Package holiday resorts exist on the north, east and southwest coasts. At the other end of the island, the southern resort of Kavos
Kavos
also provides tourist facilities. St George South to the west boasts the largest sandy beach on the island coupled with a selection of all inclusive package hotels and traditional corfiot villas and flats. The Korission lake nature reserve also provides a stop over for European birds migrating south. Up until the early 20th century, it was mainly visited by the European royals and elites, including Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany and Empress Elisabeth of Austria; today it is also widely visited by middle class families (primarily from the UK, Scandinavia
Scandinavia
and Germany). With the advent of the jet airliner bringing these groups relatively affordable 'package holidays', Corfu
Corfu
was one of the primary destinations for this new form of mass tourism.[103] It is still popular with the ultra-wealthy however, and in the island's northeast the homeowners include members of the Rothschild family
Rothschild family
and Russian oligarchs.[104][105] Transport[edit]

Ioannis Kapodistrias
Ioannis Kapodistrias
International Airport

The Flying Dolphin hydrofoil ferry near Corfu
Corfu
harbour. Vido
Vido
island is in the foreground with the Albanian coastline in the background.

The island is linked by two motorways, GR-24 in the northwest and GR-25 in the south.

Greek National Road 24, Cen., NW, Corfu
Corfu
– Palaiokastritsa Greek National Road 25, Cen., S, SE, Corfu
Corfu
– Lefkimi

Corfu
Corfu
has ferry services both by traditional ferries to Gaios in the island of Paxoi
Paxoi
and as far as Patras
Patras
and both traditional ferries and advanced retractable airfoil, hydrodynamic-flow, high-speed ferries called "Flying Dolphins" to Igoumenitsa
Igoumenitsa
and Sarandë
Sarandë
in neighbouring Albania. The small port of Lefkimmi
Lefkimmi
is also to be found at the southernmost tip of the island on Cape Kavos, offering a ferry service to the mainland. The Ioannis Kapodistrias
Ioannis Kapodistrias
International Airport, named after Ioannis Kapodistrias, a distinguished Corfiot and European diplomat, and the first governor of the independent Greek state, is located around three kilometres south of Kerkyra, just half a kilometre north of Pontikonisi. The approach and landing, in a northeasterly direction, afford passengers spectacular aerial views of Pontikonisi
Pontikonisi
and Vlaheraina Monastery, also taking in the hills of Kanoni, as the runway employed for landing lies a few hundred metres from these spectacular local landmarks. The airport offers domestic flights from Olympic Airlines
Olympic Airlines
(OA 600, 602 and 606), and Aegean Airlines
Aegean Airlines
(A3 402, 404 and 406). Seaplanes, Air Sea Lines, a Greek seaplane operator, offers scheduled flights from Corfu
Corfu
to Paxoi, Lefkada, Ithaki, Kefalonia, Ioannina, Patras
Patras
and Brindisi
Brindisi
in Italy. The buses to the main places on the island run about six times a day between the city and Glyfada, Sidari, Paleokastritsa, Roda and Acharavi, Lefkimmi, Lefkimmi
Lefkimmi
and Piri. Other coaches drive up to twice a day to Athens
Athens
and Thessaloniki. City buses run through the city to the Airport, Achilleon, Gouvia, Afra, Pelekas
Pelekas
and some other places of interest. The Diapontia islands are accessible by boat with regular services from Corfu
Corfu
port and Agios Stefanos Avliotes
Avliotes
and by ferrie from Corfu city port. Economy[edit]

Koum Quat liqueurs, produced in Corfu.

Corfu
Corfu
is mostly planted with olive groves and vineyards and has been producing olive oil and wine since antiquity. The main wine grape varietals found in Corfu
Corfu
are the indigenous white Kakotrýgēs and red Petrokóritho, the Cefalonian white Robóla, the Aegean Moscháto (white muscat), the Achaean Mavrodáphnē and others.[106] Modern times have seen the introduction of specialist cultivation supported by the mild climate, like the kumquat and bergamot oranges, which are extensively used in making spoon sweets and liqueurs. Corfu also produces local animal products, such as Corfiote graviéra (a variant of gruyere) and "Corfu" cheese (a variant of Grana); "Corfu butter" (Boútyro Kerkýras), an intensely flavored cooking and baking butter made of ewe's milk; and the noúmboulo salami made of pork and lard and flavored with orange peel, oregano, thyme and other aromatic herbs, which are also burned for smoking. Local culinary specialties include sofrito (a veal rump roast of Venetian origin), pastitsáda (bucatini pasta served with diced veal cooked in a tomato sauce), bourdétto (cod cooked in a peppery sauce), mándoles (caramelized almonds), pastéli (honey bars made with sesame, almonds or pistacchios), mandoláto (a "pastéli" made of crushed almonds, sugar, honey and vanilla), and tzitzibíra, the local ginger beer, a remnant of the British era. There are three beweries in Corfu
Corfu
and one bed layers factory. The island has again become an important port of call and has a considerable trade in olive oil. In earlier times there was a great export of citron, which was cultivated here, including for ritual use in the Jewish community during the Sukkot
Sukkot
holiday. International relations[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Greece Notable people[edit] Ancient[edit]

Arsenius (10th century) saint Peithias, leader during the Peleponnesian War Philiscus, tragic poet, born in Corfu Ptolichus (5th century BC) sculptor

Modern[edit]

Count
Count
Ioannis Kapodistrias
Ioannis Kapodistrias
(1776–1831), first head of state, governor of independent Greece
Greece
and founder of the modern Greek state

H.R.H. Princess Alexia of Greece
Greece
and Denmark, born in Corfu Marie Aspioti, M.B.E., distinguished Corfiote magazine publisher and cultural figure who influenced the literary and cultural life of post-war Corfu Panos Aravantinos, artist, born in Corfu Felice Beato, 19th-century photographer, born in Corfu Giacomo Casanova, lived on the island as an officer of the Venetian army Albert Cohen, Swiss-French author, born in Corfu Haim Corfu, Israeli politician, was born in Jerusalem, his family name testifying to his family's origin Mathew Devaris, scholar, born in Corfu Tommaso Diplovataccio, Greco-Italian jurist, publisher and politician, born in Corfu Panagiotis Doxaras, painter, pioneer of the Heptanese School of painting, worked and died in Corfu Gerald Durrell
Gerald Durrell
lived in Corfu
Corfu
and wrote autobiographic books about the topic of Corfu, like My Family And Other Animals, Birds, Beasts, and Relatives, The Garden of the Gods, making the island famous among the readers, books translated in many languages. Lawrence Durrell
Lawrence Durrell
also lived in Corfu
Corfu
for some years and Lawrence wrote, among several other books on Greece, Prospero's Cell: A Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corcyra Elisabeth of Bavaria
Elisabeth of Bavaria
("Sissi"), Empress of Austria, built Achilleion as summer palace Kostas Georgakis, student, martyr of the resistance against the Greek military junta of 1967-1974, born in Corfu Angela Gerekou, actress, singer and politician, born in Corfu. Wife of Tolis Voskopoulos Spyros Gogolos, footballer, born in Corfu Angelos Grammenos, actor Augustinos Kapodistrias, younger brother of Ioannis Kapodistrias, soldier and politician. He was born in Corfu.[107] Ioannis Kapodistrias, first Governor of Greece, born in Corfu Maria Desylla-Kapodistria, relative of Ioannis Kapodistrias, mayor of Corfu
Corfu
and first female mayor of Greece.[60] Kore. Ydro., musical group, formed and based in Corfu Spyridon Lambros, history professor and former Prime Minister of Greece, born in Corfu Vicky Leandros, international pop star, born in Corfu Andreas Mandelis
Andreas Mandelis
- expert on photonics, member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Awarded the 2014 Killam Prize Nikolaos Mantzaros, composer, born in Corfu Aristedes Metallinos, sculptor Margarita Miniati, (1821-1897) Greek scholar and writer, born in Corfu Andreas Moustoxydis, historian and philologist, born in Corfu Vangelis Petsalis, classical musician and composer, born in Corfu H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, born Prince Philippos of Greece
Greece
and Denmark, in Corfu
Corfu
in 1921 Saint Philomena, according to legend she started her life as a Greek princess born in Corfu Iakovos Polylas (fr), first published of Dionysios Solomos, born in Corfu Major-General Sir Henry Ponsonby
Henry Ponsonby
(1825-1895), Private Secretary to Her Britannic Majesty Queen Victoria, Empress of India. Georgios Rallis, (1918–2006) prime minister. Son of Ioannis Rallis and Zaira, daughter of George Theotoki. Alexander Rossi, artist, born in Corfu Sakis Rouvas, singer and athlete, born in Corfu Marshal
Marshal
Johann Matthias Reichsgraf
Reichsgraf
von der Schulenburg, Austrian general and aristocrat. The Reichsgraf
Reichsgraf
successfully defended the island against the Ottoman Turks during the siege of 1716 as leader of the Venetian forces in Corfu Spyridon Samaras, composer, born in Corfu Nikolaos Sophianos, humanist and cartographer, born in Corfu Carl Ludwig Sprenger, German botanist, lived in Corfu Theodore Stephanides, poet, author, doctor and naturalist, born in Corfu Georgios Theotokis, former Prime Minister of Greece, born in Corfu Ioannis Theotokis, politician, born in Corfu Nikephoros Theotokis
Nikephoros Theotokis
(1732–1800), Greek educator and Russian archbishop, born in Corfu Antonio Vivaldi
Antonio Vivaldi
composer. In 1716, on commission by the republic of Venice, created the oratorio Juditha triumphans
Juditha triumphans
to commemorate victory over the Turks during the great siege of 1716. Rena Vlahopoulou, actress and singer, born in Corfu Eugenios Voulgaris, scholar, born in Corfu Giovanni Giuffré, Wind-band leader, composer, born in Corfu Gaetano Giuffré, composer, Maestro, born in Corfu Sotirios Voulgaris (1857–1932), cosmetologist, founder of the Bulgari
Bulgari
jewellery store than later became the famous Bulgari
Bulgari
company. Petros Vrailas Armenis (el), former owner of Achilleion, born in Corfu Spyridon Xyndas
Spyridon Xyndas
(1812–1896) composer and musician, born in Corfu Kaiser
Kaiser
Wilhelm II of Germany, bought Achilleion after Sissi's death. Markos Antonios Katsaitis, (1717–1787) was an 18th-century Greek scholar, geographer and lawyer born in Corfu[108]

Gallery[edit]

Cape Drastis at the northwest tip of Corfu
Corfu
island

Chalikiopoulou Lagoon (or Lake Chalikiopoulou), south of Corfu
Corfu
town

Venetian arsenal, Gouvia

Old tower, Corfu
Corfu
town

Panorama of the Old Town of Corfu

Venetian quarter, Corfu
Corfu
town

Odós Ipeirou in Corfu
Corfu
old town

Historic building in Evgeniou Voulgareos street

View of St. George's Temple at the Old Fortress

Mon Repos

Gardens of Achilleion

Statues at the Achilleion terrace

Villa Rossa, landmark of Corfu
Corfu
city

Pelekas
Pelekas
village

Kaiser's Bridge in Corfu
Corfu
ca. 1918

Workers on Corfu. The image shows the Old Fortress. First World War

See also[edit]

Aspioti-ELKA Cuisine of the Ionian islands Heptanese School (painting) Hercules
Hercules
(vehicles) Music of the Heptanese

Notes[edit]

^ "Mayor of Corfu". corfu.gr.  ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.  ^ a b The Independent Complete Guide to Corfu ^ Trevor Webster (1994). Where to Go in Greece: A New Look. 1. Settle Press. p. 221. ISBN 9781872876207. Corfu
Corfu
is one of the most northern isles in Greece
Greece
and also the most westerly, apart from three of its own small satellite isles...  ^ a b "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 September 2015.  ^ a b Kallikratis law Greece
Greece
Ministry of Interior (in Greek) ^ Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War
Peloponnesian War
1.36.3 ^ a b c d " Corfu City
Corfu City
Hall website". City of Corfu. Archived from the original on 6 January 2008. In literature, apart from the Homeric name Scheria, we meet various other names for the island, like Drepanë or Arpi, Makris, Cassopaea, Argos, Keravnia, Phaeacia, Corkyra or Kerkyra (in Doric), Gorgo or Gorgyra and much later the medieval names Corypho or Corfoi, because of the two characteristic rock-peaks of the Old Fortress of Corfu.  ^ a b Johann Georg Keyssler
Johann Georg Keyssler
(1760). Travels Through Germany, Bohemia, Hungary, Switzerland, Italy, and Lorrain: Giving a True and Just Description of the Present State of Those Countries ... G. Keith. p. 54. Retrieved 6 July 2013. Corfu
Corfu
is not only a bulwark to the Venetians against the attack of a foreign enemy,... [...] ....and, since count Schulenburg caused several fortifications to be added to it, it may justly be looked upon as one of the strongest places in Europe.  ^ "on UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage List". BBC
BBC
News. 28 June 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2009.  ^ UNESCO
UNESCO
Advisory Body (ICOMOS) report on Corfu
Corfu
History retrieved 3 July 2007 ^ "Old Town of Corfu
Corfu
on UNESCO
UNESCO
website retrieved 3 July 2007". Whc.unesco.org. Retrieved 29 June 2009.  ^ Duncan Garwood, Mediterranean Europe, 2009 ^ Russell King, John Connell, Small worlds, global lives: islands and migration, 1999 ^ ANDREW MARSHALL IN CORFU (24 June 1994). "European Union Summit: Corfu
Corfu
summiteers ready to fudge key EU decision". The Independent.  ^ a b c "Greek Mythology Encyclopedia". Theoi.com. Retrieved 29 June 2009.  ^ a b " Corfu
Corfu
honored with a new museum". Koine.terapad.com. Retrieved 29 June 2009.  ^ a b "Travel to Corfu". Travel to Corfu. Retrieved 29 June 2009.  ^ Panitsa, M. & E. Iliadou 2013: FLORA AND PHYTOGEOGRAPHY OF THE IONIAN ISLANDS (Greece). 2nd Botanical Conference in Menorca. ^ Gasteratos, I. unpublished data. ^ Ruiz-Olmo, J. 2006: The Otter (Lutra lutra L.) on Corfu
Corfu
Island (Greece): Situation in 2006. IUCN Otter Spec. Group Bull. 23: 17-25. ^ Masseti, M. 2010: Homeless mammals from the Ionian and Aegean islands. Bonn zoological Bulletin 57(2): 367-373. ^ Stille, B. & M. Stille 2017: The Herpetofauna of Corfu
Corfu
and adjacent Islands. ^ "Mean Corfu
Corfu
Climatic Averages". Hellenic National Meteorological Service. Retrieved 1 March 2015.  ^ "Kekira Climate Normals 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 1 March 2015.  ^ Palaeolexicon, Word study tool of ancient languages ^ Strab. vi. p. 407 ^ W.H. Race, Apollonius Rhodius: Argonautica, Loeb Classical Library (2008), p. 409 n. 125–27; verses 4.982–992 ^ Cees H. Goekoop (15 September 2010). Where on Earth Is Ithaca?: A Quest for the Homeland of Odysseus. Eburon Uitgeverij B.V. p. 85. ISBN 978-90-5972-344-3. Retrieved 11 November 2012.  ^ Thucydides. "The Revolution in Corcyra." c. 400 BCE. Reprinted in Rogers, Perry. Aspects of Western Civilization. pp. 76–78. Pearson: Upper Saddle River. 2011. ^ The Oxford Classical Dictionary, Oxford University Press, Oxford: 1992. ^ Runciman, Steven (1958). The Sicilian Vespers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 43. ISBN 978-1-107-60474-2.  ^ Bright Balkan morning: Romani lives & the power of music in Greek Macedonia, Charles Keil et al., 2002, p.108 ^ The Gypsies, Angus M. Fraser, 1995, pp. 50–51 ^ a b The Scots Magazine and Edinburgh Literary Miscellany. 71. Archibald Constable. 1809. p. 916. Retrieved 6 July 2013. Under the Venetians, in the middle ages, and down even to the seventeenth century, Corfu
Corfu
was esteemed the advanced bastion and bulwark of the Christian states, against the Ottoman power, when the Solymans and the Sclims menaced ...  ^ John Julius Norwich (4 December 2007). The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. p. 385. ISBN 978-0-307-38772-1. Retrieved 6 July 2013. For Venice
Venice
only a single bulwark remained: Corfu. The army that, early in 1716, the Grand Vizir flung against the citadel of Corfu
Corfu
consisted of 30,000 infantry and some 3,000 horse.  ^ Elizabeth Mary Leveson-Gower Grosvenor Westminster (2d marchioness of) (1842). Narrative of a Yacht Voyage in the Mediterranean: During 1840–41. J. Murray. p. 250. Retrieved 6 July 2013. Corfu
Corfu
thus became a strong bulwark against the Turks, whose frequent attacks were successfully repulsed. In 1716 it was besieged for forty-two days by a formidable Ottoman army and fleet, and several daring attempts were made to storm ...  ^ Sir Richard Phillips (1822). New Voyages and Travels: Consisting of Originals, Translations, and Abridgments; with Index and Historical Preface. C. Wiley. p. 63. Retrieved 6 July 2013. The town of Corfu, the bulwark of Italy
Italy
and of the east, is Covered in all directions, towards the sea and land,  ^ John Knox (1767). A New Collection of Voyages, Discoveries and Travels: Containing Whatever is Worthy of Notice, in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. J. Knox. p. 203. Retrieved 6 July 2013. Some pieces by Castiglione, deserved particular notice, together with the last siege, and the new fortifications of Corfu, which is not only painted on a picture, but curiously modelled in wood. Corfu
Corfu
is not only a bulwark to the Venetians, against ...  ^ Kenneth Meyer Setton (1991). Venice, Austria, and the Turks in the Seventeenth Century. American Philosophical Society. p. 253. ISBN 978-0-87169-192-7. Retrieved 6 July 2013. Thus the important stronghold of Corfu
Corfu
was protected (according to a dispatch of Antonio Priuli, proveditor generale da ... Morea would prove to be, for they were bulwarks against the Turks' intrusion into the Adriatic.17 Corfu was apparently ...  ^ Henry Jervis-White-Jervis (1852). History of the island of Corfú and of the republic of the Ionian Islands. Colburn and co. p. 126. Retrieved 6 July 2013. ...sister of Sixtus-Quintus, to the Book of Gold, the Holy Father having expressed his gratitude, the Venetians represented to him that the protection of Corfu
Corfu
and Candia, which were the two bulwarks of Christianity, cost them more than 500,000 ...  ^ "The Gulf of Venice
Gulf of Venice
runs for 800 mi (1,287 kilometres) between Italy
Italy
and Esclavonia, and at the end of it is the island of Corfu, which the Venetians call their door, although Venice
Venice
is in fact 800 mi (1,287 kilometres) away." ( Pedro Tafur
Pedro Tafur
in 1436, Andanças e viajes). ^ Will Durant. The Renaissance. page 684. MJF Books. New York, 1981 ISBN 1-56731-016-8 ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History of Corfu". Corfuweb.gr. Archived from the original on 11 April 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2009.  ^ Nondas Stamatopoulos (1993). Old Corfu: history and culture. N. Stamatopoulos. pp. 164–165. Retrieved 6 April 2013. Again, during the first great siege of Corfu
Corfu
by the Turks in 1537, Angelocastro ... and After a siege lasting a year the invaders were finally driven away by the defenders of the fortress who were helped by the inhabitants of the neighbouring villages. In 1571, when they once more invaded Corfu, the Turks again unsuccessfully attacked, Angelocastro, where 4,000 people had taken refuge. During the second great siege of the city by the Turks in 1716, Angelokastro once again served  ^ History of Corfu
Corfu
from xenos website ^ The Cambridge Illustrated Atlas of Warfare: Renaissance to Revolution, 1492–1792. Cambridge University Press. 1996. p. 25. ISBN 978-0-521-47033-9. Retrieved 6 July 2013. The Ottomans were a major and expanding presence in Europe, Asia, and Africa. ... The knights, their fortifications strengthened by bastions, resisted assaults and bombardment before accepting ... Ottoman naval pressure on Europe increased in the Mediterranean, with sieges of Corfu
Corfu
in 1537 (map 2) and Reggio in 1543.  ^ ca:Història de Corfú ^ Serbs in Corfu
Corfu
website ^ a b c d e f History of Corfu
Corfu
from Corfu City
Corfu City
Hall website Archived 6 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine. ^ a b United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on the Holocaust in Corfu. Also contains information about the Nazi collaborator mayor Kollas. ^ From the interview of a survivor in the film "Shoah" ^ a b "Central Jewish Council of Greece
Greece
website". Kis.gr. Archived from the original on 17 October 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2009.  ^ United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archived 8 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine.: "[...]two hundred of the 2,000 Corfu
Corfu
Jews
Jews
found sanctuary with Christian families[...]" ^ BBC
BBC
WW2 People's War Quote: "By the time I got back to camp the troop had returned from Corfu
Corfu
full of stories about the wonderful reception they’d had from the locals as the liberators of the island." Bill Sanderson's Wartime Experiences -Part 4 – 40 Commando by Bill Sanderson (junior) Bill Sanderson's Wartime Experiences -Part 4 – 40 Commando by Bill Sanderson (junior) Retrieved 31 July 2008 ^ a b JSTOR The Corfu
Corfu
Channel Case Quincy Wright The American Journal of International Law, Vol. 43, No. 3 (July, 1949), pp. 491–494(article consists of 4 pages) Published by: American Society of International Law Retrieved 31–07–08 ^ Corfu Channel Incident
Corfu Channel Incident
Records of the Admiralty, Naval Forces, Royal Marines, Coastguard, and related bodies U.K. Retrieved 31 July 2008. ^ JSTOR The Corfu
Corfu
Channel Case: Judgment on the Preliminary Objection Harding F. Bancroft and Eric Stein Stanford Law Review, Vol. 1, No. 4 (June, 1949), pp. 646–657 (article consists of 12 pages) Published by: Stanford Law Review Retrieved 31 July 2008 ^ Europe since 1945 The Corfu Channel Incident
Corfu Channel Incident
By Bernard A Cook, Inc NetLibrary by Google Books Retrieved 31 July 2008 ^ a b Municipality of Corfu
Corfu
from the Internet archive Quote: "In the elections of 1954 Stamatios Desillas was elected Mayor for a second term and remained in office until his death, Christmas Day 1955. Soon after a bye-election took place in Corfu
Corfu
in which the widow of the deceased Maria Desilla – Kapodistria, was elected Mayor with 5,365 votes in a total of 10,207. Maria Desilla became Mayor of Corfu
Corfu
on 15 April 1956 until 9 May 1959. She was the first female Mayor in Greece." ^ Corfu
Corfu
General Hospital ^ " Corfu
Corfu
Radio Station History". Tvradio.ert.gr. Archived from the original on 2 April 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2009.  ^ Alfa History Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Quote:1995 The first in Corfu
Corfu
ISP by Alfa and Forthnet. ^ St. George Article[permanent dead link] ^ Corfu
Corfu
Life UK Archived 4 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Quote: "The French were the ones who turned the Spianada into a public square and park – one of the biggest in Europe" ^ Brohure of Kerkyra Archived 3 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Quote: "SOCCER The tournament will start on Wednesday 04 of July An Open Ceremony and a parade of all the teams will take place in the biggest square in the Balkansand one of the most impressive ones in the whole continent, to the square Spianada itself which is constructed similarlyto the Royal Gardens of Europe." ^ Nondas Stamatopoulos (1993). Old Corfu: history and culture. N. Stamatopoulos. p. 172. The Palace of St. Michael and St. George (Plate III), which is generally considered the finest of the British buildings in ... seat of the Order of St. Michael and St. George
Order of St. Michael and St. George
which had been instituted in 1818 to honour distinguished British and local ...  ^ A. F. Madden (1985). Select Documents on the Constitutional History of the British Empire and Commonwealth: "The Empire of the Bretaignes," 1175–1688. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 690–. ISBN 978-0-313-23897-0.  ^ R. Winkes (editor), Kerkyra. Artifacts from the Palaiopolis, Providence 2004. ^ a b John C. G. Röhl (1998). Young Wilhelm: The Kaiser's Early Life, 1859–1888. Cambridge University Press. p. 297. ISBN 978-0-521-49752-7. Retrieved 4 May 2013. After the purchase of the 'Achilleion', Kekule was invited by the Kaiser
Kaiser
to go to Corfu to provide advice on the positioning of the ... 94 Without a doubt, Wilhelm's lifelong obsession with the statue of the Gorgon
Gorgon
unearthed in Corfu
Corfu
stems from the ...  ^ Sherry Marker; John S. Bowman; Peter Kerasiotis (1 March 2010). Frommer's Greek Islands. John Wiley & Sons. p. 476. ISBN 978-0-470-52664-4. Retrieved 4 May 2013. Achilles
Achilles
that the Kaiser
Kaiser
had inscribed, to the Greatest Greek from the Greatest German, a sentiment removed after World War II.  ^ Frank Giles; Spiro Flamburiari; Fritz Von der Schulenburg (1 September 1994). Corfu: the garden isle. J. Murray in association with the Hellenic Group of Companies Ltd. p. 109. ISBN 978-1-55859-845-4. Retrieved 4 May 2013. Although subsequently demolished in 1944 to allow the passage of a huge German coastal gun beneath, the locality still bears the name "Kaiser's Bridge".  ^ Corfu
Corfu
map Archived 12 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.: The bridge was destroyed during a German attack in World War II. The remains can still be seen today. ^ "Detailed census results 1991" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016.  (39 MB) (in Greek) (in French) ^ History of the University ^ Libraries and Museums from the City Hall website ^ Frommer's Review. "Archaeological Museum". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011.  ^ Eleni Bistika Kathimerini
Kathimerini
Article on Ioannis Kapodistrias
Ioannis Kapodistrias
22 February 2008 Quote: Η γενέτειρά του Κέρκυρα, ψύχραιμη, απολαμβάνει το προνόμιο να έχει το γοητευτικό Μουσείο Καποδίστρια στη θέση Κουκουρίσα, Translation: His birthplace, Corfu, cool, enjoys the privilege to have the charming Museum Kapodistria in the location Koukourisa and εξοχική κατοικία με τον μαγευτικό κήπο της οικογενείας Καποδίστρια, που η Μαρία Δεσύλλα – Καποδίστρια δώρισε στις τρεις κερκυραϊκές εταιρείες Translation: summer residence with the enchanting garden of the Kapodistrias family, which Maria Dessyla Kapodistria donated to the three Corfiote societies ^ Robert Holland (26 January 2012). Blue-Water Empire: The British in the Mediterranean since 1800. Penguin Books Limited. p. 506. ISBN 978-1-84614-555-1.  ^ John Freely (30 April 2008). The Ionian Islands: Corfu, Cephalonia and Beyond. I.B.Tauris. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-85771-828-0.  ^ Essential Corfu. AA Publishing. 1995. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-7495-0921-7. A dreadful storm - coupled with the rumour that St Spyridon was threatening the Turkish army with a flaming torch - broke the Turks' ...  ^ Michael Pratt, Lor (1978). Britain's Greek Empire: Reflections on the History of the Ionian Islands
Ionian Islands
from the Fall of Byzantium. Rex Collings. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-86036-025-4. refers to the 1716 siege, when Spyridon is meant to have frightened away the Turks;  ^ Dana Facaros; Michael Pauls (2007). The Greek Islands. New Holland Publishers. p. 450. ISBN 978-1-86011-325-3.  ^ Baroque Music As far as his theatrical activities were concerned, the end of 1716 was a high point for Vivaldi. In November, he managed to have the Ospedale della Pietà
Ospedale della Pietà
perform his first great oratorio, Juditha Triumphans devicta Holofernis barbaric [sic]. This work was an allegorical description of the victory of the Venetians (the Christians) over the Turks (the barbarians) in August 1716. ^ a b c d Corfu
Corfu
city hall website on Easter festivities ^ As the Old Philharmonic concludes its marching in front of their building with a hearty rendition of the Graikoí March, the New Philharmonic appears and "salutes" their rivals with yet another rendition of the same march ^ Corfu
Corfu
the Garden Isle, editor Frank Giles, John Murray 1994, ISBN 0-7195-5375-X ^ a b c d e f Birth of Greek opera Paper Kostas Kardamis "San Giacomo and Greek ottocento"XI Convegno Annuale di Società Italiana di Musicologia Lecce, 22–24 October 2004 ^ History of the theatre from Corfu
Corfu
cityhall ^ a b History of the municipal theatre from Corfu
Corfu
cityhall ^ a b c Corfu
Corfu
city hall website on Karnavalia ^ " Hercules
Hercules
slept with a minor goddess named Melite and she bore him a son named Hyllus (not to be confused with Hyllus, Hercules' son by Deianeira)". Marvunapp.com. Retrieved 29 June 2009.  ^ Mirror Newspaper Travel section ^ The Executioner from TCM ^ a b "007 Fact website". 007.info. 24 June 1981. Retrieved 29 June 2009.  ^ imdb ^ "The Price of Lave" (in Greek). Tainiothiki.  ^ BFI. "The Gaze of the Gorgon".  ^ a b Merten, Karl (2004). Antike Mythen – Mythos Antike: posthumanistische Antikerezeption in der englischsprachigen Lyrik der Gegenwart. Wilhelm Fink Verlag. pp. 105–106. ISBN 978-3-7705-3871-3. Retrieved 4 May 2013. der Räume und Kunstwerke des Achilleions hat, von entsprechendem dokumentarischem Filmmaterial begleitet.  ^ Pearson, Allison (4 October 1992). "Sunny side up but it's no yolk at all". The Independent. Retrieved 9 May 2013.  ^ Joe Kelleher (1996). Tony Harrison. Northcote House. p. 53. ISBN 978-0-7463-0789-2. Retrieved 9 May 2013. The poem concludes with the proposal that 'to keep new Europe open-eyed/ they let the marble poet preside...'.  ^ Foster, Nick (11 September 2009). "Overseas Buyers Fall for Corfu's Historic Charm". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 April 2010.  ^ Paris Tsartas, Tourism Development in Greek Insular and Coastal Areas, 2003 ^ Nick Foster, Financial Times, Ionian rhapsody June 17, 2011 ^ Daily Telegraph, November 3, 2008 ^ "At the time of his writing, Lambert-Gocs found 1800 hectares of vines dominated mainly by white Kakotrygis and red Petrokoritho (both cultivars having both red and white versions). Also cultivated on the island are the white Petrokoritho, Moschato Aspro, Robola and Kozanitis and the red Kakotrygis and Mavrodafni". Greekwinemakers.com. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2009.  ^ "Avgoustinos Kapodistrias". Sansimera.gr. Archived from the original on 2 April 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2009.  ^ Bracewell, Wendy (2009). Orientations: an anthology of East European travel writing, c. 1550–2000. Central European University Press. pp. 49–50. ISBN 978-963-9776-10-4. A Venetian Greek in the Ottoman Balkans Marco Antonio Cazzaiti, 1 742 Marco Antonio Cazzaiti (Markos Antonios Katsaites, 1717–1787) was a nobleman from Venetian Corfu, a lawyer and geographer...Greek in origin and consciousness 

References[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gardner, Ernest Arthur; Caspari, Maximillian Otto Bismark (1911). "Corfu". In Chisholm, Hugh. Encyclopædia Britannica. 7 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 145–146. 

Further reading[edit]

"Corfu", A Hand-book for Travellers in the Ionian Islands, Greece, Turkey, Asia Minor, and Constantinople, London: J. Murray, 1840, OCLC 397597  "Corfu", Handbook for Travellers in Greece
Greece
(7th ed.), London: John Murray, 1900  "Corfu", Greece
Greece
(4th ed.), Leipzig: Karl Baedeker, 1909  "Corfu", The Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.), New York: Encyclopædia Britannica, 1910, OCLC 14782424  Siebert, Diana: Aller Herren Außenposten. Korfu von 1797 bis 1944. Köln, 2016 ISBN 978-3-00-052502-5

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