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10 Examples of Corfu Architecture

Another post in the Lists of 10 series. This time it's a look at examples of the different styles of architecture that can be seen in Corfu. The island variously belonged to the Venetians, French, British and, for a short period, the Russians and the most obvious witness to this is the different architectural styles to be seen - mainly in Corfu Town itself.

TOWN HALL
This was originally called the Loggia Nobilei (1663-9) and was considered the most important of the Venetian buildings. In the 18th century it was transformed into a theatre - Teatro San Giacomo - before becoming the Town Hall in the early 20th century.

CATHEDRAL OF SAN GIACOMO
This 17th century Venetian building is located in the same square as the Town Hall, and is the Catholic cathedral for the island.

IONIAN ACADEMY
This early 18th century Venetian building is located at the southern side of the main Spianada square in the town. For a brief period of time, this building housed the first Greek university.

LISTON
Perhaps the best-known part of Corfu Town, the Liston is the most characteristic sign of the French presence on the island. Designed by Matthieu de Lesseps in 1807 and based on the Rue de Rivoli in Paris, its name comes from the Venetian practice of having a list of noble families in the Libro d'Oro or Golden Book and only those on this list were allowed to promenade here.

PALACE OF ST. MICHAEL & ST. GEORGE
This building was built between 1814 and 1824, during the British presence here and is a monument to Georgian architecture. It has two wings dedicated to the Archangel Michael and St. George and now houses the excellent Museum of Asian Art.

MAITLAND MONUMENT
Another example of British architecture, in the main Spianada Square.

IONIAN PARLIAMENT
This neo classical building was built after 1830 by a Greek architect to house the parliament of the Septinsular (7 island) Republic, which was a semi-autonomous republic including all the island in the Ionian Sea, with Corfu as its capital.

MANSION OF IOANNIS KAPODISTRIAS
Another neo-classical building, which was the home of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first Governor of Greece after 1831.

URBAN DWELLING
This is an example of a preserved Venetian mansion in town. You can see the characteristic Renaissance porch at the front, which forms a balcony on the first floor.

URBAN DWELLING
This is an example of an urban building built during the British period. These were taller than the Venetian buildings and went up to 6 storeys. They also had broader frontage with numerous entrances.


Photos courtesy of Municipality of Corfu

1 comments:

  1. Korfu Tourist Says:

    What's about the Achilleion?

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