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    "The Catholic Cathedral"!

    by INSULARIUS Updated Apr 4, 2009

    The Cathedral, in its present site, is dedicated to St. James the Apostle and St. Christopher Martyr (in Greek: tou Aghiou Iakovou kai tou Aghiou Christoforou), and consecrated by the Archibishop Iacovo Cocco on 31/12/1553.

    It has a fine facade and six side chapels.On the right are the chapels: of the Blessed Sacrament, of the Immaculate Conception and of the Saints Spyridon and Arsenios.On the left are the chapels: of St. Theresa, of Virgin Mary of Health Giving and of Christ the King.

    The Cathedral was destroyed during the Second World War by (German) incendial bombs (14/09/1943), but was restored in the current condition with a new roof, a decorated central altar and a canopy by the Archibishop Antonios Varthalitis in the year 1970.

    The Catholic Cathedral is located in the most beautiful location of Corfu: the Town Hall Square.(Plateia Dimarcheiou).

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    "The Belfry of ANNUNZIATA"!

    by INSULARIUS Updated Feb 14, 2009

    The Belfry (the Belltower) of Annunziata is what is left from what it used to be the most important Catholic church of Corfu!The church of Annunziata was part of a big monastery founded by the monks of the Augustinian order and was dedicated, as its name implies, to the "Our Lady of Annunciation".The monastery housed also a small hospital of important historical value.Because on said hospitalwere hospitalized a lot of the injured soldiers of the "Christian Alliance", who took part in the naval battle of Lepanto (1571), against the Ottomans.The most famous "injured" of that hospital, was the Spanish author: Miguel de CERVANTES!!!

    Unfortunately, this unique monument for the European History, was bombed on 13th of September 1943, by the German airplanes, as well as a major part of the Old City of Corfu and was severely damaged.Very unfortunately, the Greek State, instead of restoring this unique monument, opted for pulling it down!

    In nowadays, very fortunately, only the Belfry of Annunziata is left to remind us something of those glorious days!Hopefully, it has been decided by the Catholic Archidiocese of Corfu, its full restoration and the embellishment of the neighbouring space.

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    PONTIKONISI

    by alyf1961 Written Feb 6, 2009

    In Corfu town there is an island called Pontikisi, which means Mouse Island. It is named Mouse Island because the white steps leading up to the top, when seen from the planes that fly overhead, look like a mouse.
    The monastery of Pantokrator stands on the island.
    There is a path leading to the island but the best view of it is from the walkway from one side of the water to the other.

    MOUSE ISLAND

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    THE CORFU TRAIN

    by alyf1961 Written Feb 2, 2009

    We had a nice half hour riding on the road train around Corfu town. It was interesting with English commentary describing what we were seeing. The train left from outside McDonalds, so it was a nice bit of culture after lunch.

    THE CORFU ROAD TRAIN

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    CORFU TOWN

    by alyf1961 Written Feb 1, 2009

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    Corfu town is beautiful, small streets crammed with decorative wood shops, brightly lit kumquat shops and quaint little café’s. You could spend hours wandering around the many little side streets browsing in the shops and people watching in the café’s.

    CORFU TOWN QUAINT STREETS CORFU TOWN RESTAURANTS QUAINT SHOPS

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    Chapel Madonna dei Carmini

    by Aitana Updated Dec 22, 2008

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    This military chapel was dedicated to Madonna dei Carmini, that is, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Madonna that holds my name. It was all a surprise to me! I had only seen churches dedicated to the "Virgen del Carmen" in Spain.

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    Liston

    by Aitana Written Dec 22, 2008

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    This arcaded building in front of the Spianada.
    The Liston is the center of the social life in Corfu.
    The building was built during the French rule by engineer Lesseps, the father of the engineer that buit the Suez canal.

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    "The Church of Saint George in the Old Fortress"

    by INSULARIUS Updated Oct 5, 2008

    What makes this church unique is:
    1)It was built by the British, according to the form of an Ancient Greek temple!
    2)It was the Anglican Church of Corfu, but when the island was rendered by the British back to the Greek State, following the Union with Greece (21st May 1864), the church was converted into an Orthodox place of worship.
    3)It is used more as a Concert Hall for the Ionian University and has a very beautiful iconostasis.

    Saint George in the Old Fortress, was built while the island was a British Protectorate (1815-1864).Designed in the Georgian style by the British military architect Emmett, to serve the religious needs of the British Garrison stationed in the Old Fortress, building began in 1840.On 21st May 1865, this Anglican church was consecrated into an Orthodox place of worship.
    In 1864 the Voulgaris family donated to Saint George the stone iconostasis of Saint Spyridon, with all its icons.

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    The old fort

    by JLBG Written Sep 28, 2008

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    The old Byzantine fortress is a landmark for Corfu city. It is the most characteristic sight, both from land and from sea. It is built on top of a rock and owns a strategic situation. It watches both the entrance into the harbor and the routes that allows to reach the city from inland.

    The old fort
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    Unidentified church

    by JLBG Written Sep 28, 2008

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    I have been unable to identify this church, standing on the sea front (the land in the background is Albania).
    At first, I felt it might be the Byzantine church of Agios Jason and Agios Sosipater (saints Jason and Sosipater), built around 1,000 AD, standing in Anemomilos, a suburb of Corfu. When I saw pictures of this church, I found that I was wrong.

    Another hypothesis would be the church of Agios Antonios but I have not found actual photos to sustain my hypothesis.

    Anybody know which church is it ?

    If that might help, the second photo was taken just by the church but unfortunately, I cannot read the name of the street on the street sign. May be Oddos Kapodistriou.

    Unidentified church
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    The Esplanade

    by JLBG Written Sep 28, 2008

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    Between the old town and the citadel, the Esplanade is locally know as Spianada, which actually is the Italian word (or better the Venetian dialect) for Esplanade. The Esplanade is a pleasant place, with a lot of shade, where it is pleasant to wander.

    The Esplanade The Esplanade
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    Narrow alleys

    by JLBG Written Sep 28, 2008

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    In the old town, the streets are narrow butside alleys are even narrower.

    On the first photo, a blanket in the foreground and bed sheets in the background are hanged from one side to the other!

    The passage on the second photo was a bit steep and has stairs.

    Narrow alley Narrow alley Narrow alley
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    Agios Spyridon

    by JLBG Written Sep 28, 2008

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    Agios Spyridon church is one of the most popular monument on Corfu island. Saint Spyridon was a bishop in Cyprus. In 325 AD, he condemned the Arianism heresia. When he died, his body was transferred to Constantinople. When the city was taken by the Turks, Christians that fled out to Corfu, took it with them. The relic arrived in Corfu in 1489. It is believed that Saint Spyridon saved the city from the plague on several occasions and thus, was taken as the Saint patron of the city.

    Agios Spyridon Agios Spyridon
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    Butcher’s

    by JLBG Written Sep 28, 2008

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    The photo of this butcher’s in Kerkyra old town was taken a few years ago. The meat is hanging in front of the shop. I can bet that this does not occur anymore for sanitary reasons but I feel that it is a shame to have now wrapped meat coming from the other side of the world, sold in supermarkets, instead of local meat sold by an actual butcher.

    Butcher���s
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    More old town

    by JLBG Written Sep 28, 2008

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    First photo: Oddos Voulgareos, one of the main streets in the old city, though not really wide !

    Second photo: A street practiced mainly by locals!

    Third photo: a tiny little square, or actually, I should better say a wide street crossing, along Oddos Nikiforou Theotiki

    Oddos Voulgareos A street practiced mainly by locals Oddos Nikiforou Theotiki
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