The Spianada

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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A small corner of the central square of Spianada in the old part of Corfu Town on the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu. It is said that it is the largest square in the Balkans and it is always busy with tourists and locals enjoying the beautiful location.

At the back of the shot you can see the top of the old citadel (Palaio Frourio, literally: Old Fortress (Παλαιό Φρούριο)) which stands atop a rocky island on the east side of the Town. Fortifications were built on this site as early as the 6th century although the majority of what is left today is from the Venetian rule during the 14th century and later the English rule during the mid 1800s. The site was initially a peninsula but the Venetians dug a moat to convert it into an island for greater security.

The Fort is quite extensive and has expansive views of the town and the incredibly clear water in Garitsa Bay. A lighthouse stands at the highest point in the Fortress and along the way is the Church of Ayios Georgios. Although the Church was built during English rule as a military Anglican church in the 1800s it looks more like an ancient temple with its six Doric columns. The interior is filled with wall and ceiling frescoes.

Corfu is the most northerly of the Grecian Ionian Islands. It is a green and beautiful place where the pace of life is not too taxing.

The Old Town of Corfu is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Corfu is the most northerly of the Grecian Ionian Islands. It is a green and beautiful place where the pace of life is not too taxing.

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm

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Related shots can be found at Corfu or Greece or Eastern Meditteranean.

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