Corfu – Island of Romantics
Handsome Korfu Island (Kerkira), drowning in greenery and an embraced by the sun, with rugged, as if lace, shores of the bays – the place of mythical, long-suffering, appears on the historical stage in the most ancient times, when the shelter of Jason and Argonauts are found on returning from the campaign For golden rune.
Description "Islands Feyquetsev" In the 6th chapter of Odyssey, the last stop of Odyssey before arriving at the desired Ithaca – one of the most beautiful samples of poetry in the World Literature.
The incomparable beauty of the island, which, along with the name of Corfu, had other names, fascinated many conquerors and inspired many cultural figures who melted his beauty in literary and musical works, captured them in paintings, in sculptures and engraving, contributing to the proliferation of his last centuries Family among the general public.
Such masters like Goethe, Oscar Wilde, Gerald and Lawrence Darrell, artists Alfred Sisley and Edward Lir, who feather, and who brushes perpetuated the unique charm of Corfu. Great Napoleon was also shocked by his beauty.
William Shakespeare, according to Lorenz Darrell, elected Corfu to his masterpiece "Storm".
And with exile with Corfu, the French are connected one of the glorious pages of Russian military history.
Island – the birthplace of the first ruler of Greece, John Capodistria (1776-1831., Politician, in 1816-1822. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, from 1827. The first ruler of the liberated Greece), composer of Nikolaos Mandzaros (author of the music of the national anthem of Greece on the poems of the Greek poet of Dionision Solomos "Anthem freedom").
Empress Austria Elizabeth (Sissi), fascinated by the island, revised the palace here "Achileon", Where her soul acquired peace, which became a temple dedicated to the Geene adored by her, "Halfog" Poetry XIX B. About the turbulent and romantic life of Elizabeth, about how "Achileon" On Corfu, you will read the following rooms of the newspaper "Traveler".
Corfu is the northernmost island of the Ionian Sea, and being an intersection at the entrance to the Adriatic from the East and the West, attracted many conquerors. On his land, Romans, Goths, Normans, Venetians, French, Russians, Turks and the British.
Despite this, he did not lose its essence: continued to be Greek in spirit, part of Greece.
Today it is a cosmopolitan resort, which enjoyed worldwide fame, where the huge number of tourists arrives, each with its own interests and plans for rest. On this little geographical space (529 kV.KM.) with a varied coastline (217 km.) – somewhere canopy, and somewhere rocky and steep, – where nature competes with the creations of a person in beauty, harmony or greatness, incomparable natural beauty coexist with excellent monuments of various eras.
The city of Corfu is the capital of the island, one of the most attractive cities of the Mediterranean Sea, built in the middle part of the eastern coast of the island, it is a narrow landline of sushi speaking in the sea. Its unique beauty create completely unlike architectural elements, the remnants of various crops that flourishing on the island connected to one harmonious whole.
Old Town – the largest "alive" Medieval complex Greece. He is protected by the state. Location of streets – randomly, and picturesque narrow streets – "Kantuna", They can only walk on foot, – lead to monuments, Byzantine churches, Venetian stairs and dressed in stone sources. The new city is not separated from the Old Town and, thus, a wide streets with spacious squares stretch next to close narrow streets, among which the Spianada is distinguished equal to which in Greece. There are many hotels with modern amenities that do not violate the ecology of the island.
Buildings of the city – in two floors and above – built, alone in English style, others with obvious signs of French influence, the third stores loyalty to local traditions. They are decorated with gallery or arches and balconies with skilled carved lattices. Corfu – the city of two fortresses. On the one hand, it is fenced with an old or sea fortress, – Byzantine fortress, rebuilt and fortified by Venetians in 1546. It is separated from the city of Rv – Cont-Roma, through which there was once a wooden lifting bridge. On the other hand, the old port is located a new or coastal fortress built between 1576 and 1588. To protect the city from a possible Turkish attack. "Murai", Sea embankment with lanterns, stretching along a medieval wall, solely picturesque: On the one hand, it borders the bright green sea, and on the other – bright green vegetation.