While many of the Ionian Islands suffered great damages during the devastating earthquake of 1953, Corfu was left virtually unscathed. Therefore, during a visit to Corfu, one can admire magnificent, well preserved buildings and brilliant architecture examples from the Byzantine and the Venetian eras.
The Palace of Saints Georgios and Michael
The Palace was made from Maltese stone between 1819 and 1824; it was designed by architect G. Whithmore. Originally built and used as a residence of the British Commissioner Thomas Maitland. Later it was used as a summer residence of the Greek Royal family. In the past it has been used as the headquarters of the battalion of Saints Michael and George from which it took its name; it was also the seat of the Senate.
The Liston is an architectural complex that consists of a series arched buildings. Built during the French occupation (1807-1814) by m. Leseps, it resembles the street Rivoli of Paris.
Originally the town hall was the Portico of the Nobles and the unique building was built of stone in Renaissance pattern. The construction began in 1663 and continued for 30 years. From an architecture point of view this building is the emblem of the island because of its stone decorations, glyptic heads, historical inscriptions and many other symbols.
The Parliament was built by Ionios John Chrony in 1855, in Mustoxidi Street. A typical example of Neoclassical Style, its architecture is characterized by the Doric columns at the entrance and from inscriptions in Greek and English languages as well.
During the 18th century, this building was originally a military camp named Grimani Venetian. The next century, in 1824 , the building became the Ionios Academy and later, following the Annexation of the Ionian Islands to Greece, the building was turned into the community library.
Residence of Kapodistrias
Located in Arseniou Street, here is where the famous Greek politician and diplomat, Ioannis Kapodistrias and his family lived; Built during the British occupation, it features an excellent example of neoclassical architecture. It was designed and planned byJ. Chrony and was also used by the Ionian Parliament and as the seat of the President of the Senate.