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Solomos Museum

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The Solomos museum is actually the house where the Greek national poet, Dionysios Solomos, lived most of his life (1798-1857) in Corfu. Solomos was originally born in Zante but lived in Corfu and wrote the national anthem poet which was set to music afterwards from Nikos Mantzaros. The museum is now home to Solomos society for Corfiot studies.The poet's desk is preserved at the museum as well as a small collection of the poet's manuscripts and much photographic material.

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Old Fortress

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The Old Fortress of Corfu is the first image of Corfu island for every visitor arriving by boat. The construction started from the Byzantines but when Corfu was conquered from Venice at the end of the 14th century, the Venetians strengthened the fortifications by adapting the fortification for the artillery and their construction included the moat-like trench - the "Kontra Fossa" which separated the fortress from the town making it in this way a virtual island and impossible for any attacker to breach the defences.

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Folklore Museum of Acharavi

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Corfu Floklore museum in Acharavi wouldn't exist without Corfu's long history and international influences. Corfu has been inhabited by people of various civilizations. The lasting remains of all these cultures have shaped the Corfiot tradition and the identity of the local civilization. The Italian tamperament, our folk dances and music, the customs and the feasts are all part of this heritage.
At the folcloric museum in Acharavi you will find historical momentos and texts,

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New Fortress

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The entrance of the New Fortress overlooks the old port area of Corfu town and is another fortification of the Venecians that was made to protect Corfu. Its construction started in 1572 and finished in 1645 on the hill of Saint Mark (we call it Corfu New Fortress because it was the last built of Corfu fortresses). It is a marvel of military architecture and on its well-preserved gates the emblem of the Lion of St. Mark can be seen, just as it appears in St. Mark's square in Venice. Though all the internal buldings were made by the British.

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Corfu Shell Museum

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Corfu shell museum was created by a single Corfiot family who managed to collect many specimens from the beautiful world of the deep and the deserts and they have now put their amazing collection on display in their private Corfu museum in Benitses.After many years of dangerous expeditions in Australia through cyclones, tides, poisonous snakes, crocodiles and the shark-infested waters of the tropical seas.

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Banknotes Museum

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The Corfu Museum of Banknotes, the only one of its kind in Greece, has been operating in Corfu since 1981. It is housed on the top floor of the Alpha Bank Building, a beautiful neoclassical mansion in St. Spyridon Square (Plakada). The exhibitions are spread out over five nicely decorated halls.
The moulds for the first greek banknotes are of great interest as well as the envelopes, stamps and rubber stamps which have great value to collectors.

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The origin of the name for this magnificent Corfu fortress is not completely clear; some historians mention that in 1214 Michael I Komninos, priest of Epirus, sometimes called Michael Angelos, annexed Corfu to Epirus and following his death, his son Michael Angelos II, further fortified the area and named it after himself and his father, Angelokastro (castle of Angels).
Angelokastro is one of the most important fortified complexes of Byzantine Corfu.

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Archaeological Museum

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In Corfu Archaeological Museum there are finds on exhibit of great archaeological and cultural value. The most representative and impressive item is the massive Gorgon Pediment, constructed around 585 B.C. which comes from the west side of the large Doric temple of Artemis.
It is believed to be the oldest stone pediment saved so far. The pediment covers an entire hall of the museum and is showing basically the Gorgon (mermaid).

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Saint Spyridon church

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Saint Spyridon church (or Aghios Spyridonas) is the most famous Corfu church. Once you arrive in the old town square the red bell tower of the church stands above the roofs of the buildings like a light house while the area around it is always busy. If the Esplanade is the heart of the town, St Spyridon is defenetaly the soul of Corfu.
Although Saint Spyridon lived and died in Cyprus, his reputation is connected with the history and the traditions of Corfu.

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Asian art museum of Corfu

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The museum of Eastern Art (or Asian Art), is housed in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George. The construction of the palace was ordered by the British ruler and lasted from 1818 until 1823. Made from sandstones which were imported from Malta, the design has 20 Doric columns on the frontage, two gates and bas-reliefs of the seven islands of the Ionian sea.

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Paleokastritsa Monastery

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The monastery of the Virgin Mary in Paleokastritsa was built in 1228 and together with the Achillion Palace are some of Corfu's major attractions. It is a classic example of Greek monastic architecture.
The church of the Monastery is decorated with painted icons and frescoes covering the walls and the ceilings. The outer areas have a view over the steep sides of this promontory that separates the beaches of the Paleokastritsa resort. Whilst visiting the Monastery, don't miss the chance to view the traditional olive press and the small museum of icons, sacred books and relics from the Byzantine period.

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Mon Repos-Paleopolis Museum

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Mon Repos was built by Sir Frederick Adam, the British high commissioner of the Ionian islands. Among with Achillion, those Corfu Palaces are neo-classical buildings. Mon Repos construction began in 1828 and finished in 1832. When the Ionian Islands united with the rest of Greece (1864), Corfu Mon Repos was given to the Greek Royal family.
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh was born in the villa which after several years of legal battles was returned to its rightful owners - the local administration.

The Mon Repos hosts Paleopolis Museum which opened its doors to the public in 2001.
In the museum you will see archaeological finds, historical documents, prints and lithographs of the Mon Repos mansion, authentic furniture and decorative objects of regency style, models, maps and chronicles of ancient monuments as well as a collection of watercolours and botanical samples representing the natural heritage of Corfu.
The estate which is covering 260 acres of trees and ancient temple remainings, was home to the botanical gardens of the Ionian Academy. The flora growing in Paleopolis is quite unusual for Europe, since the English commissioners used to implant there all the rare vegetation originating in the overseas dominions of the British Empire which thanks to the climate of Corfu  were preserved and survived until today. On the northwestern side, by the sea, there is a path leading to the ancient well of Kardaki (popular legend says that if a foreigner drinks from the well forgets his native land and remains in Corfu forever!). Further down the same road you will find the cave of Nymphs and an ancient theatre just above the sea!

Excavations next to the entry have revealed the remains of Paleopolis (old town) which was the first town of Corfu (approx 750BC) before the attack of the Goths which forced the population to move towards the town we know today. Spread around the Mon Repos area you will find ruins of the temples of Hera, Artemis and Apollo, the agora (market), the roman baths, the conservatory and the altars. 

A visit to Mon Repos is completely different from any other museum or monument in Corfu. Even on the hottest day of the summer the forest provides shadow to every step you take and it's probably the only museum visit which can be combined with a refreshing swim! Where the forest meets the coast there is a small dock which was made for the private use of the royal family and a small beach;you can dive from there. So if you are planning to visit Mon Repos - take your snorckeling equipment!

The distance from Corfu town is 2km and the entrance fee is 4 Euros per adult. You will find parking easily around the premises for free.
The Mon Repos Palace is open from Tuesday to Sunday 08:30-15:00hrs but you can visit the huge forest until 1700hrs in the summer.

Send us your request for the Mon Repos Mansion; we will organise a tour for your group and you can get free guiding in Corfu town in the same rate!


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