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Corfu Legend wants it that Poseidon, the god of the sea, fell in love with the beautiful nymph Korkyra, and abducted her, bringing her to the hitherto unnamed island of Kerkyra (or Corfu, as named by the Italians centuries later). Together they had a child called Phaiax, after whom the inhabitants of the island were named Phaiakes, the people who offered solace to shipwrecked Ulysses, as famously mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey. Fittingly Corfu is also featured in Shakespeare’s play Tempest. An island emerging from a mythological love affair and an emblem of hospitality, Corfu offers a welcome solace from the stress of getting married with a plethora of wedding venues and a panorama of majestic locations, from the caves at the cusp of the deepest waters in the Mediterranean Sea at Paleokastritsa to the soft sand dunes at Corrision Lake all the way to the romantically secluded bays on the east coast. The Town Hall of Corfu, a beautifully preserved building of the 19th century is the core of the fairy-tale like historic centre built in the Venetian style, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the high integrity and authenticity of its carefully preserved unparalleled heritage. Italian Renaissance buildings and extensive fortifications successfully withstood Ottoman invasion, leaving a decidedly Latin flair to the island. Horse-drawn carriages bring the bride and groom through the cobblestone roads to their wedding ceremony, while local musicians serenade them. Beach weddings, ceremonies & receptions in traditional Corfiot villages and a variety of wedding venues are available. The lush verdancy and the diverse variety of evergreen cypresses, citrus orchards, grapevines and olive groves adds a pastoral romanticism to the proceedings. Up until the early 20th century, Corfu had the reputation of being the place of vacationing by European royals and elites, including Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany and Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Affectionately known as Sissi, Empress Elisabeth was a woman entranced by beauty, who mesmerized by the beauty of Corfu built a summer palace in the picturesque region Gastouri in 1890, with the legendary hero Achilles as its theme among the neoclassical Greek statues surrounding it. This regal atmosphere still remains to Corfu despite democratization setting in and middle class families & couples visiting the island today, alongside the Rothschild family and international millionaires owning homes there. Corfu is still the jewel in the crown of the Ioanian sea, being a most popular destination with British and German tourists.
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