Panoramas of Town Hall and Cathedral

Town Hall and Cathedral

Understated and generally peaceful area tucked away a short walk south/west of the Liston/Spianada in the direction of the main shopping thoroughfare of Evgeniou Voulgareos.

The Town Hall is housed in a building with a fascinating history; the "Nobile Teatro di San Giacomo" was established in this building in 1720 (the building itself constructed in 1663) and was the first (modern) theatre in Greece. Opera were subsequently performed there right up to it becoming the Corfu's Town Hall in 1892. It was replaced by a grander (larger) building of remarkably similar style in 1902; the Municipal Theatre of Corfu but this was destroyed, together with the historical archives of the Teatro di San Giacomo, by Luftwaffe bombing in 1943.

Across the square is Corfu Town's Catholic Cathedral San Giacomo (James). Although it was consecrated in 1553 and originally renovated in 1658, it too was a casualty of German bombing and was subsequently rebuilt in 1970, in a similar style with three naves and a gothic tower and houses some valuable ecclesiastical paintings and monuments.

A short walk away (in the main shopping area) you will find the statue to Kostas Gerogakis a 21 year old student who in protest at the oppression in Greece of the "Regime of the Colonels" (Georgios Papadopoulos) burnt himself to death in Genoa in 1970. A further short walk north is the only remaining Synagogue in Corfu Town.

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