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Byzantine Museum-Corfù


Byzantine Museum Corfù

The Mouseìo Vizantinò, standing on the seafront road between the Old Fortress and the Old Port, houses one of the Corfu’s greatest artistic legacies. The former church is the perfect home for some 90 icons dating from the 15th to 19th centuries, and other religious artefacts. They represent one of Greece’s most important contributions to medieval art.
From the fall of Constantinople in 1453 until 1669, Venetian-occupied Crete was the most important artistic centre in Greece. Corfu became a major stepping stone for Cretan painters en route to Venice. After Crete fell to the Ottomans in 1669, many more artists found refuge on the island and their influence spread. Thus a vital force in Byzantine traditional art was kept alive on Corfu.
A museum visit begins upstairs in the former sacristy where church silver, richly embroidered vestments, jewelled crosses, gold communion vessels and other Byzantine treasures are displayed. Downstairs, icons are displayed in chronological order. They feature popular Byzantine subjects, including the Virgin and Child, Christ Pantokrator and St George Slaying the Dragon.

Where: Arsenìou
Open: Apr-Oct Tue-Sun 8.30-7; Nov-Mar Tue-Sun 8.30- 3 (ticket 2 euro, and only 1 euro for EU citizens, students and over 65. Free for under 19 and university students from EU)
Last tickets are sold at 2:30 pm and you’ll need at least half an hour to see the museum, so don’t arrive at the last minute.

To see in the City of Corfù:

- Byzantine Museum

- Palace of St Michael and St George

- Campiéllo: Old Town

- Agios Spyridon

- Old Fortress

- Archaeological Museum

- Mon Repos

- Kanóni

- Mitrópoli

- New Fortress

- Esplanade and Liston