Posted by: travelrat | February 22, 2018

Corfu Town

Church of St. Spiridon

Corfu: 17th October 2017

Corfu’s city ‘blue buses’ all terminate at San Rocco Square, from which most parts of the town are accessible … with careful navigation … on foot. Your way may well take you past the church of St. Spiridon, which, in the narrow streets of the Old Town, is barely distinguishable apart from its tower, and from enough candles burning outside to make toast.

The saint’s preserved mortal remains are inside (we didn’t go in) for he’s the island’s patron saint. He gained that honour by conjuring up a storm, which dispersed the forces of the invading Ottomans. In fact, the island was one of the few parts of Greece the Ottomans never occupied, and this may have been due more to the fact the town was heavily fortified. There are two forts; the Old Fort on an island in the bay, and the New Venetian Fort, overlooking the Old Port.

The ‘island’ was, in fact, originally a peninsula, but was cut off from the mainland by a canal constructed by the Venetians during their occupation from the 14th Century right up until the 18th. But, even before this, the Byzantines had a fortification here dating from the 6th Century.

You can cross the canal by way of a footbridge, and it only cost 3 euros to enter, explore and enjoy some great views.

Venetian Fort, Corfu

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