Venetians, French, British, they’ve all been here – and last but not least, James Bond: The old town of the city of Corfu (Kerkyra) impresses with centuries-old architecture, narrow streets, a monumental open square and a great atmosphere in such a small space.
The Poet of Freedom
His name is Solomos, Dionysios Solomos. A poet in the service of independence. From his house on the northern edge of the old town of Corfu, he looks far out over the sea; it was here that he wrote the ‘Hymn to Liberty’ when the island was still a British protectorate. Solomos couldn’t have known then that it would become famous as the national anthem of Greece in 1864, nine years after his death. The desk at which he wrote the text still stands in his former home, which has been rebuilt as the ‘Solomos Museum’. From here you can stroll through the old town as the poet once did – and immerse yourself in its centuries-old history.
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