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Kassiopi is an attractive village at the northeastern part of Corfu Island, approximately 30 km from Corfu town and the airport. It is in beautiful surroundings created bymount Pantokrator (height 900 metres), endless olive groves, which cover the surrounding hills and the numerous small bays with pebbles formed by the rockyshore. It is a historic and picturesque village at the entrance of the northern part of the straights with the mainland and it still gives off something from itsintense history.
Its small port gave refuge to ships travelling from the West to the East. The ship of the Roman Emperors used to arrive here. This is where Nero relaxed and sang his creations in front of the famous temple of Zeus Kassius.
Today, not much is left of this time. The Venetians, considering that it is hard to defend the castle and the port, blew up parts of the castle and evacuated the village. Few parts of the castle are left to remind us of this distant time, while on a church devoted to Virgin Mary has been built on top of the ancient famous temple of Zeus, which houses an icon considered to work wonders.
The resort offers all kinds of services to make you feel comfortable and to have an unforgettable vacation. From the port boats set off every day on day trips to distant beaches, isles and the coasts of Albania.
Don't miss the chance to visit non-coastal nearby areas, especially the mountainous villages, among which the uninhabited medieval settlement Sinies.
Gardiki Castle, constructed by the Despote of Epirus, Michael Angelos II in the 13th century AD, who also built Agelokastro, is octagonal in shape and it has got a tower in every corner. What is particularly interesting here is the relics of ancient fortifications inside it, as well as the relics of ancient temples, which are embedded in its fortifications.
Agelokastro is the westernmost fortress of the Byzantine Empire and the Despotate of Epirus, which included Corfu until 1267.
It was constructed in the early 12th century, with the transfer of Palaiokastron (the actual monastery of Palaiokastritsa) to a more strategic position. In its prime, it could protect, if necessary, the entire population of the region (4000 people).
Angelokastro was besieged but was only conquered once (1386) after a six-month siege by the Venetians. It was also besieged by Barbarossa (1537) but without success. According to the local tradition, the inhabitants and the few guards (8 men), resisted so successfully that the Turks decided to retreat and leave Corfu. The Turks didn't succeed in conquering it in 1571either.
The surnames of the inhabitants of the region, especially of the villages Makrades, Krini, Lakones, Vistonas (Makris, Chalikias etc) show that the soldiers who defended the castle were awarded after the end of their duty and later, as defenders of the borders, pieces of land in order to settle down with their familiesnear the place of their service.
Inside the castle two huge water tanks are preserved and the churches of Taxiarches and Agia Kyriaki. The church of Taxiarches was built in 1784 at the position of another, older church. Agia Kyriaki is built in a small cave and it has frescoes of the 18th century.
Grandiose, it oversees the Town from the western part, between the Old Fortress and the New Port. It was constructed by the engineer F. Vitelli from 1576 to 1645 and it is almost exclusively an artificial hill which was delimited with the opening of large perimetrical fosses and raised by gathering the material from the fosses.
It is a marvellous example of military architecture of the age of gunpowder, with an angular, linear, voluminous construction, and internal tunnels. On the top of the New Fortress there is a Bar.
This fortress, being smaller and different that the Old one, has its own stories to tell you , since it confronted with success the last attacks of the Ottoman army to the Gates of the West.
It was here that on 9 and 10 August 1716 the most glorious moments of that part of history took place. It was here that in the morning of 11 August 1716, the guards saw that the Ottoman camp had been abandoned, the siege had been terminated and they spread the good news to the entire Western world. This event is still celebrated to this day.
Here you can also find the Ceramics Museum.
The view from its top is worth seeing. At the Bar in the New Fortress, with a view over the Old Town, you can enjoy a refreshing drink until late at night.
Constructed on a rocky peninsula, with two typical heights (Corifes), it is the eastern extremity of Corfu Town. It started to be inhabited and fortified after the devastation of the ancient Town (Palaeopolis) after the 6th century and it was the Town of Corfu (Corifo, Corfu) from the 11th until the 15th century. In the 16th century, the Town took in a way its actual form and the Old Fortress was turned into a military area.
The fortifications were constructed throughout a historically long period of 15 centuries. From their different phases, we should point out three. The Byzantineperiod, when the eastern hill was fortified (Castel Vecchio), the early Venetian period, when the peninsula was turned into an island and the western hill was fortified (Castel Nuovo) and the late Venetian period, when the fortifications were completed, taking their actual form, in order to withstand canons and canonballs, the new, modern weapons of the time.
At this time, all buildings in front of the Old Fortress were demolished and the impressive Spianada Square was constructed, the biggest historic square of the Balkans. The actual buildings were constructed mainly during the period of the British rule (1817 - 1864).
In spite of the fact that no army was ever able to conquer it, it hosted many different flags, as a result of the changes in Europe. D' Anjoux, Byzantines, Venetians, French, Russians, British, Greeks, Italians, Germans took it or gave it, all leaving their trace, a building, a rampart, a church, a construction, making of the Old Fortress a real masterpiece of military architecture of older times, decorated with buildings until the late 19th century.
To get in, you have to go along the bridge which connects the fortress to the town, over an artificial canal called "Contra fossa", which is today used as an anchorage place for fishing boats.
In the beginning of the bridge, before the entrance, you will see the statue of the Field Marshal Shulenburg in the memorial of the successful defense during the last siege of the Turks. Note that, the Corfiot people were so grateful to the Field Marshal, that this statue was created while he was still living.
Among the buildings that you eill see are the old Venetian prison (1786), the English barracks (1850), the impressive neoclassic church of Agios Georgios (1840) and the English hospital.
At the left (northern) side, a subterranean tunnel will take you to the Venetian port ("Mandraki"), which is now used by the Sailing club, and where a Restaurantand Bar functions.
At the central part of the Fortress over the church of Agios Georgio, there is also a Bar and a small Restaurant.