Corfu's Culture and History
Corfu's culture is a product of its rich and diverse history, melding elements from Mainland Greece and Europe, from Venice and the wider Italy, and from France and Britain. The cosmopolitan lifestyle that developed as a result of these many influences has fostered a plethora of historic traditions that are still observed today, and that are evident in the island's architecture, art, music, dance and cuisine, as well as at the many festivals that punctuate its calendar.
A look at the history of art and religious painting in Corfu from the sixteenth century until modern times.
Corfu Heritage Plaques
The Corfu Heritage Foundation has been responsible for the introduction and erection of commemorative plaques in town. This scheme, which is similar to the English Blue Plaque equivalent, is the inspiration of Count Spiro Flamburiari, the Chairman of the Foundation, who established the plaque scheme in 2004.
Corfu's cuisine is inextricably tied in with its history and this is what makes its food so different from the rest of Greece. It is fascinating to look through a menu and try to work out who brought what.
A list describing the many festivals which punctuate the Corfiot calendar.
Corfu's geographical position meant that it was constantly at the mercy of invaders. This led to a wealth of history and influences. This section looks at the past rulers of Corfu and their present day legacy.
An entry about Corfu taken from the 1911 edition of The Encyclopaedia Britannica and two pieces written in 1899 and 1913.
In the Footsteps of the Durrells
Enduring interest in the Durrells means that many people now visit Corfu in the hope of following in the footsteps of the family and their friends. Other people simply seek to read additional information about their time on the island as an aid to enjoying their books. It is for both groups of people that this e-book has been written.
It's surprising how a little Greek will enhance your stay here. If you can offer a few words, even the most simple greetings, you will receive in return an even more enthusiastic welcome. This section contains the Greek alphabet and a few words and phrases that you might find useful.
This 400 year old monastery sits among pine trees and olives on the hillside above the west-coast beach of the
same name. A peaceful spot with breathtaking views.
A unique collection of custom made constructions by Andreas Monopolis. Includes sound devices, designs and musical compositions.
Dedicated to the arts and especially activities that have an interaction between people and the audiovisual arts. The foundations of Monopolis Productions are diligence and the management of activities that offer safety and respect for both creators and their work.
In Corfu you will find museums exhibiting Archaeology, Byzantine Art, Asiatic Art, and Traditional Folk History. In addition you can visit the palaces of Achilleon and Mon Repos.
In Corfu there is a long musical tradition which is continued by the many Philharmonic bands which can be seen performing at local celebrations. Both the composer of the Greek National Anthem and the Olympic Anthem were Corfiots.
The history, cultivation and production of olives and olive oil. Includes some fascinating olive-related trivia. For instance, did you know that olive oil is an antidote for ammonia poisoning?
Warren Curry paints in two predominant styles, traditional and figurative. His paintings depict the dramatic scenery, wonderful villages and colourful traditions of Corfu. You can now buy limited edition prints of his work.
The Rise and Fall of Corfu's Mansions
In north-east Corfu where property on the coast is snapped up, hidden houses in the hills are left to moulder towards decay, for the landed families can no longer maintain the lifestyle of past generations.
These mansions were a product of the Venetian era, remnant of a medieval feudal system that had its origins with the Angevin lords, who ruled the island in the 13th century.
The Heroes of Lefkimmi
Just before reaching the coast at Alikes near Lefkimmi stands a pristine monument in slate-grey granite and white marble. The inscription is hard to read, but what it reveals is an almost forgotten episode of World War II, during which the Corfiots - and especially the Lefkimmiots - showed their courage and integrity.
Information about Greek wine and the vineyards of Corfu. There is substantial evidence that wine has been produced in Greece since at least 4000 BC. In "The Odyssey", Homer famously describes "The wine dark sea".