Historic and natural sights of Corfu "island of the nymphs" and the glory of one of the most beautiful Greek islands. On the first day of our stay we had a busy schedule. First we visited the capital Kerkira - a picturesque harbor town with a colorful central area, impressive fortress and many churches.
The local patron saint is Saint Spiridon. He is best known for the legend that the Ecumenical Council has proven that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three manifestations of God by taking a piece of tile into his hand and dividing it into three parts - water, fire and clay .
In a store near the church bearing his name, they sell cards and icons that depict this scene: the saint holds the brick with flames and water at his hand. It is well-known that the Greeks are highly religious. It was Sunday, and the churches were running services, and inside was full of people, and therefore we had no opportunity to look at them calmly from a tourist perspective.
One of the landmarks of the capital is Espyanada Square, which is the largest on the Balkan Peninsula, the fifth largest in Europe and the twentieth in the world. In the fortress there is the church "St. George, where the husband of the English Queen, born on the island, was named.
We did not have time for the fortress itself, and we lacked the desire to visit it in the hottest heat of the early afternoon. At one end of the famous square is the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, which today houses the Museum of Asian Art. Our next stop for the day was the Achilles palace, built by Elizabeth of Austria, known as Empress Coussie.
It first came to the island in 1860 and the place is fascinating. After the death of her only son, Rudolph (who, according to the official version, committed suicide, but there are serious reasons to believe that she was murdered), in 1891, she ordered the palace, called her beloved character from the Greek mythology, Achilles. In one of the gardens is a large statue of the dying hero presented at the moment when he tries to take out the fatal arrow from his leg. Although no one says it openly, the reference to her dead son is too obvious. In the afternoon we made a boat trip with a clear bottom that was not included in the price and was not very cheap (14 euro per person), but it was fun and I'm not sorry. Here, I would point out that in Greece the trade with express photos of tourist places is extremely developed. Almost everywhere a person spent more than fifteen minutes, we were taking pictures of us, which then sold 3-4 euros at the exit. It was in the Achilles palace, on the boat underwater and even in the monastery of Paleokastritsa. Already tired and full of impressions, we had one more event for the day - the Mouse Island and the two small monasteries that can be seen on most of Corfu's cards and magnets. We headed to the nearby Canoni Peninsula, so called a cannon left there in 1798, still sitting. From the many stairs from the parking lot down to the sea there is a magnificent view of the two holy places - one of the monasteries is connected by a bridge with the shore and by the other on the Mishi Island is a five-minute boat ride. We headed to the north of Corfu and one of Sidari's most famous resorts. The main landmark there is the so-called "channel of love". Anyway, according to the legend during a storm ship was about to break into this place. There were two lovers in it who were hugging and so loved that the rocks softened and their ship sliced into them but without getting damaged. The ship in question is a rock that is really surrounded by water on both sides and is linked to a small part of it with land. A very cozy and picturesque beach is formed along it. There is another rock nearby, which I think most of all visionaries looked like an ancient Greek ship. Of all the rocks we have seen, this is the most convincing "petrified ship" for me, but I did not hear a legend about it. By the way, in Greece every stone has its own story or, at least, it has been made for everyone. With extraordinary ingenuity, local people display their natural assets and connect them with any mythological and fantastic stories.