Landmarks in Ionian Islands


Local legend has it that a Kytherean decided to rebel against the Ottoman law that required Greek men to hand over their wives the local Ottoman leader on their wedding night.
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This stunning stone bridge consists of 13 arches and 12 domes, is 110m long and 15m tall. Built by McFale during the British occupation in 1826, it constituted a significant improvement to local infrastructure.
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This huge boulder sticks out of the shore into the Ionian Sea, where its base is formed in such a way that wind and waves cause the rock to shake.
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This small islet encompasses much of Corfu’s socio-political history and is now a National Monument. Hidden among the islet’s lush green landscape you’ll find a 16th Century monastery, a hospital and a leprosarium.
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These stone, dome-shaped buildings that date back to the Venetians were used in the past as farm-houses and storage sheds.
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Make it a point to visit this unique islet. Take a small boat across where you’ll find a lush green landscape with a thriving ecosystem. The forest of pine and palm trees provides an excellent habitat for pheasants, hares, partridges and wild rabbits.
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Empress Sissy of Austria built this stunning 19th Century palace as a safe haven after the death of her son. An avid scholar of Greek history and mythology, Sissy commissioned numerous works of art based on Greek mythology and civilization, including statues, murals and paintings for Achilleion.
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Erected in honor of a native Kefallonian who is also one of Greece’s most important poets, the statue faces Lixouri with its back turned to neighboring Argostoli. This very particular stance reflects the centuries’ old feud between the two towns.
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Built in 1813, this beautiful stone bridge crosses the sea-water to connect Argostoli with the shore opposite the lagoon. This 900 meter bridge was designed by a Swiss engineer and is known for its interesting arches.
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The Mentor sank in 1802 off Avlemona harbor as it transported the Parthenon Marbles on behalf of Lord Elgin. Locals recovered a number of items belonging to the crew, including a clock that stopped at the exact time of the sinking.
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As a way of honoring the island’s literary history, the municipality created this park in town that features the busts of literary natives including Valaoritis, Sikelianos, Kleareti and Hearn.
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This Venetian building preserves the history of the island from the 16thC onward and is the most complete record of Ionian history.
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This natural monument is the island’s pride and joy. The sempreviva flower flourishes here and a sea-cave offers visitors stunning greens and blues when the afternoon sun streams in. There’s a beach as well for a quick dip.
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This stunning 19thC mansion survived the earthquake and stands proud, a testament to Kefallonia’s past. Explore the beautiful library with unique Fatnomata features in the ceiling and wander through the museum to admire antiques, rare Byzantine icons and many illuminated manuscripts.
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If you love odd geological attractions, be sure to wonder at the workings of the Katavothres in Argostoli harbor. Seawater enters through these underground rock formations, traverses the whole island below the mountains, and resurfaces in Melissani cave.
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This beautiful restored Neoclassical building pays tribute to Kefalonia’s illustrious artistic heritage. First founded in the 19thC, it premiered a number of plays. Today’s theater hosts not-to-be-missed performances.
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This stunning lighthouse sits at the edge of the cliffs. You’ll have to follow the path along the cliffs to get there, but it’s worth it to admire the beautiful views of Ithaki and Kefallonia islands, as well as the sunset.
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Designed by the French in the 1800s, the tall arcaded buildings now house fashionable restaurants and cafés on the colonnaded ground floor - complete with old-fashioned street lamps adorning each arch. Its name was inspired by the island’s List of Nobility as aristocrats regularly frequented this area.
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This is a stunning example of British architecture. Built in 1825, it features Gothic windows and was built by the British in order to foster education on the island. The locals welcomed this effort .
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This neoclassical mansion from 1828 testifies to the love between the British Commissioner and his Corfiot wife. It now houses the Paleopolis Museum, works of art, furniture and other items documenting the estate’s intriguing cultural and political history. Archeological attractions dot the grounds.
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Built by the British in 1857, it stands 25m tall and is the highest lighthouse built during English occupation in Greece. It offers stunning views off the northernmost tip of the island.
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A unique raised park thick with trees and full of paths that lead you on a leisurely stroll. Take some time to relax in the shade of these beautiful old trees, have a mandola, a mouth-watering traditional Kefallonian snack, and admire the perfectly designed park.
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Located in Spianada square, this beautiful Georgian building was commissioned by Thomas Maitland and originally housed the offices and residences of the British Commissioners. Now it is home to the Museum of Asian Art and the Municipal Art Gallery.
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This 150 year-old soap factory still uses traditional methods to manufacture hand-made soap. The company’s products are extremely popular exports as the main ingredient consists of locally-grown olive oil.
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This lush green islet off the coast is a trademark of Corfu. In effect, the tiny islet is a tree-covered rock and essentially a unique ecosystem. A 16th Century Byzantine church nestles in the thicket. Pontikonisi is accessible by boat (a 10 minute ride) and only at certain times in order to preserve the phenomenon.
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Built in the 1600s and the first of its kind in Greece, it was an illustrious theatre where Italian and Greek composers staged plays and operas to the aristocracy’s delight. Now Corfu’s City Hall, it served as an informal audition for operas destined for the Scala di Milano in its glory days.
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One of the biggest squares in Greece, Spianada’s rolling lawns and vast open spaces afford terrific views of the Old and New Ports.
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Admire the island’s only synagogue on Solomou Square to get a sense of the important role Corfu’s Jewish population played in the past. The Jewish Community Centre will help you arrange a visit to this stunning synagogue.
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One of the world’s most famous archaeologist, he conducted a number of digs on the island that brought forth stunning artifacts and the theory that Lefkada is Odysseus’ Ithaca in Homer’s Odyssey.
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Explore the series of stone windmills that line the beautiful lagoon’s shores.
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This theater is a replica of Epidavros theater and hosts a number of cultural activities every summer, including plays and concerts.
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