Must see attractions in Corfu Town

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    Palace of St Michael & St George

    Beyond the northern end of the Spianada, the smart Regency-style Palace of St Michael and St George was built by the British from 1819 onwards, to house the high commissioner and the Ionian Parliament. It’s now home to the prestigious Corfu Museum of Asian Art (the entry fee covers both this museum and the palace). Two municipal art galleries, I (entry €3) and II (free), are housed in one annexe, and its small formal gardens make a pleasant refuge.

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    Corfu Museum of Asian Art

    Home to stunning artefacts ranging from prehistoric bronzes to works in onyx and ivory, this excellent museum occupies the central portions of the Palace of St Michael and St George. One gallery provides a chronological overview of Chinese ceramics, and showcases remarkable jade carvings and snuff bottles. The India section opens with Alexander the Great, 'When Greece Met India', and displays fascinating Graeco-Buddhist figures, including a blue-grey schist Buddha. A Japanese section incorporates magnificent samurai armour and Noh masks.

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    Palaio Frourio

    The rocky headland that juts east from Corfu Town is topped by the Venetian-built 14th-century Palaio Frourio. Before that, already enclosed within massive stone walls, it cradled the entire Byzantine city. A solitary bridge crosses its seawater moat. Only parts of this huge site, which also holds later structures from the British era, are accessible to visitors; wander up to the lighthouse on the larger of the two hills for superb views.

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    Liston

    Corfu Town owes the elegant, photogenic Liston, the arcade that lines the northern half of the Spianada, to neither the Venetians nor the British but to the French. Designed during the brief Napoleonic occupation of Corfu (1807–14), its harmonious four-storey houses were modelled on Paris’ then-new rue de Rivoli. A procession of grand, see-and-be-seen cafes sprawls under the arcade, open to both the Spianada and to Kapodistriou around the back.

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    Church of Agios Spyridon

    Pilgrims and day-trippers alike throng this Old Town landmark. As well as magnificent frescoes, the small 16th-century basilica holds the remains of Corfu’s patron saint, Spyridon, a 4th-century Cypriot shepherd. His body, brought here from Constantinople in 1453, lies in an elaborate silver casket, and is paraded through the town on festival days.

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    Achilleion Palace

    Set atop a steep coastal hill 12km south of Corfu Town, the Achilleion Palace was built during the 1890s as the summer palace of Austria's empress Elisabeth, the niece of King Otto of Greece. The palace's two principal features are its intricately decorated central staircase, rising in geometrical flights, and its sweeping garden terraces, which command eye-popping views.

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    Mon Repos Estate

    This park-like wooded estate 2km around the bay south of the Old Town was the site of Corfu’s most important ancient settlement, Palaeopolis. More recently, in 1921, the secluded neoclassical villa that now holds the Museum of Palaeopolis was the birthplace of Prince Philip of Greece, who went on to marry Britain's Princess Elizabeth (now the current Queen). Footpaths lead through the woods to ancient ruins, including those of a Doric temple atop a small coastal cliff.

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    Corfu Living History

    This town house has been remodelled to illustrate the daily lives of a fictitious merchant family from the mid-19th century. Enthusiastic guides make the whole experience fun and informative, while in each room waxworks undertake small, endlessly repeated movements. The tour is enlivened by the free glass of 19th-century-style rose liquor visitors get to try.

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    Antivouniotissa Museum

    Home to an outstanding collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons and artefacts, the exquisite, timber-roofed Church of Our Lady of Antivouniotissa has a double role as church and museum. It stands atop a short, broad stairway that climbs from shore-front Arseniou, and frames views out towards wooded Vidos Island.

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    Municipal Art Gallery I

    Make the effort to find this gallery – it's entered from the exterior on the eastern side of the Palace of St Michael and St George. You’ll be rewarded with a handful of high-quality Byzantine icons, including 16th-century works by the Cretan Damaskinos, plus a more extensive array of canvases by Corfiot painters. Look out for the work of Italian-influenced 19th-century father-and-son artists Spyridon and Pavos Prossalendis.

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    Archaeological Museum

    Built in the 1960s, Corfu Town’s Archaeological Museum has finally reopened after nearly a decade of renovations. The result of this work is a modern and well-lit museum (although some of the English labelling is a bit hit and miss) housing some 16,000 pieces found around Corfu. The highlight of the fine collection is a massive gorgon pediment (590–580 BC) from the Temple of Artemis on the nearby Kanoni Peninsula.

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    Neo Frourio

    The forbidding Neo Frourio is in fact only a little younger than the Old Fort across town. Surrounded by massive walls that crown the low hill at the western edge of the Old Town, it too dates from the Venetian era. Climbing the stairway at the western end of Solomou brings you to the entrance, where dank tunnels and passages lead through the walls. The ramparts beyond enjoy wonderful views.

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    Greek Orthodox Cathedral

    Corfu Town’s Greek Orthodox cathedral, or Mitropolis, stands atop a flight of steps leading from the Old Port. Festooned with huge chandeliers, its wide interior is filled with icons and treasures. The most important is the shroud-wrapped body of St Theodora, a 9th-century Byzantine empress.

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    Municipal Art Gallery II

    At the eastern (seaward) end of the front terrace of the Palace of St Michael and St George, the Municipal Art Gallery II holds some fabulous exhibitions in a beautifully refurbished space – it's definitely worth dropping by to see what's on.

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    Temple of Artemis

    Of the many ruins from ancient Palaeopolis that lie scattered throughout the Kanoni Peninsula, the most important is the Temple of Artemis, signposted 500m west of Mon Repos along the back roads, but it's seldom open to visitors. Dating from the 6th century BC, it was the source of the massive gorgon pediment in Corfu Town's Archaeological Museum.

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    Museum of Palaeopolis

    The Museum of Palaeopolis lies deep in the woods within Mon Repos Estate, built by the British in 1832. It's all a bit rundown, but if you can see through the dust you'll discover enjoyable historical displays on the history of Corfu Town. A large scale model, extending from the modern town to the airport and Mon Repos, pinpoints the location of the ancient city of Palaeopolis and its many temples, while photos from the 1850s show the Old Town.

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    Spianada

    The Spianada, the broad park adjoining the Old Town, was cleared by the Venetians to allow a clear line of fire from the Old Fort. During the 19th century, on the lawns of its northern portion, the British laid out a cricket pitch; it still hosts occasional matches today. Paved avenues lead across its more formal southern half to a bandstand and other monuments. Horse-drawn carriages tout for passengers along the central road, also a base for buses and taxis.

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    Menekrates Funeral Monument

    A small circular tomb, constructed using stone slabs during the 6th century BC, stands not far south of the Old Town. While not open to visitors, it’s clearly visible from the street. A 10-verse inscription identifies it as a monument to Menekrates, an ambassador from Corfu who died at sea, while the splendid Lion of Menekrates, which was found nearby, is now in the Archaeological Museum.

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    Corfu Reading Society

    Although there’s no obvious sign on this grand cream-and-white villa, anyone is welcome to climb its external staircase and settle down with a book in the library of the Corfu Reading Society. Founded in 1836, the oldest cultural institution in modern Greece holds 30,000 volumes in several languages, mostly devoted to the Ionian Islands.

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    Church of St George

    A dazzling white edifice resembling an ancient Greek temple dominates a sweeping flat platform on the southern flanks of the Palaio Frourio. Visible from far along the coast, it's actually a church, built by the British in 1840 for the local Anglican community. Now Orthodox, it hosts just two services a year, plus occasional concerts and exhibitions.