CORFU CITY |
The city of Corfu is one of the most beautiful cities of Greece. The charm capital of the island is separated in the Old and New City.
People who visit the island remember for ever the walks in the historical city with the traditional cantons, the small squares and the Venetian buildings. The old neighbourhoods reveals aspects of the history of the island. During your walk to the streets of the Old Town, you will meet historical buildings (the Town hall, the Ionian Academy), the two fortresses of the city (Old and New) that their powerful fortifications protected many times the residents, the historical churches (Saint Spyridon, Panagia Antivouniotissa), the Palace of St. Michael and St. George (that it constituted residence of each English Commissioner and now entertains the museum of Asiatic art and the municipal library of city) and the museums (Archaeological, Byzantine, Folklore, Museum of Kapodistria and Museum of Solomos). There the visitors could see many exhibitions from the cultural heritage of place.
The oldest district of the city of Corfu is Kampielo. It is found to the northern side of the town and characterised from the Venetian architecture. The close alleys that in Corfu called Kantounia, the high and narrow buildings, the small squares and the churches are creating a nostalgic atmosphere.
The best place of the Old Town is the Spianada Square, the largest square in Greece. At her length you will see some of the more important monuments of the town. As it is the statue of Kapodistria, the Maitland peristyle, the monument of the Union of Ionian islands with Greece.
At the northern part of the western side of the square is found Liston. The characteristic building group that was being built from the 1807 to 1814 by the French Emperors. It used to be the aristocracy’s meeting point. Corfiots “played” with the Venetian dialect, named the place Liston, meaning “a straight line, a long thing”, from its oblong architecture design. In the ground floor of this historical place functions many café and restaurants. It deserves to enjoy a drink or dinner in the haunt of the Countess.
The Old Town is the better sight of Corfu. But also it deserves to do a walk and to the New Town. It is a modern city. The central part of the city constitutes the square of Saroko. Around her are found the starting lines of buses which facilitate your movements to the villages and the beaches of the island.
The Old and New Town of Corfu have many commercial shops. When you make your shoppings you don’t forget to buy koum kouat, the traditional liqueur of Corfu.
The choices of amusement are satisfying all the visitors. Theatre, cinema, bars, clubs, centres with live music. Corfu is an earthly paradise!
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