This impressive Venetian fortress, dating back to the 15th century is at the top of a rocky peninsula on the eastern side of Corfu. The neoclassical Saint George's church with its striking white marble pillars was built in 1840 as an Anglican church for British soldiers who were stationed at the Old Fortress.
The fortress which has a magnificent view was connected to land by a movable wooden bridge until 1819, when the British army replaced it with a 60 metre long pathway which remains there today. The entrance to the fortress is in the Spinada, the huge main square in Corfu town. There is an arch with a Venetian symbol carved into the marble at the top. Today, the fortress is home to the Public library of Corfu and The Hellenic Music Research Lab of the Ionian University.
When Corfu was ceded to Greece in 1864, Saint Gorges (Agios Giorgio) became Greek Orthodox. It was heavily damaged by German air raids in 1943. However by 2008 it was restored to its Georgian neo-classical design with a marble facade that resembles a Doric Temple. If you're feeling peckish look out for the signs to the Yacht Club which will lead you down to a pretty little port with a beach, where there is a very good little restaurant on the water's edge, serving inventive food at reasonable prices. There is no need to be a member. You can also swim in the crystal clear water on an adjoining beach.