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Famous People of Corfu
« on: February 14, 2012, 06:20:29 PM »
Nikiforos Theotokis

Nikiforos Theotokis, born in Corfu in 1731, was a Greek scholar and theologian, who became an archbishop in the southern provinces of the Russian Empire. A polymath, he is respected in Greece as one of the "teachers of the nation". He studied in italy before returning to Corfu in 1748 to Corfu to join the Church as a monk, reaching the rank of hieromonk in 1754. However, he was more interested in educating the youth of his country than in church services and in 1758 he set up his own school in Corfu, the first school on the island, where a range of subjects were taught. Around this time he acquired some renown as a preacher at the local church of John the Baptist and an author of textbooks on physics and mathematics. After a brief period in 1765 as a preacher at Constantinople's main church, he spent much of the next decade between Leipzig, Germany and Jassy, Romania. In 1776, Nikiforos went to join fellow Corfiot, Eugenios Voulgaris, who had recently been appointed the Archbishop of Sloviansk and Kherson in south-central Ukraine. Eugenios groomed the younger theologian as his successor and Nikephoros replaced Eugenios when the latter retired in 1779. In 1786, Nikiforos was transferred to Astrakhan, where he served as the Archbishop of Astrakhan and Stavropol. He retired from his archbishop position in 1792 due to ill health and retired to Moscow where he was appointed the abbot of Danilov Monastery. He spent the rest of his days there, presiding over the monastery's small staff and continuing his literary work. He died in 1800 and was buried in the monastery's cemetery. The main shopping street in Corfu, Nikiforou Theotoki, is named after him.

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Re: Famous People of Corfu
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2012, 06:23:33 PM »
Lord Guilford

The English eccentric, Frederick North, was born in 1766 and became Lord Guilford in 1817. He represented Banbury in Parliament from 1792 to 1794 and served as Governor of Ceylon from 1798 to 1805. In 1824 he settled in Corfu, which was then under British control, and established the Ionian Academy. It was the first University to be established in modern Greece. Lord Guilford, as chancellor of the university, invariably wore a purple robe in imitation of Socrates, with an ancient-style mantle tied round his shoulders with a gold clasp. Round his head he wore a velvet band embroidered with olives and the owl of Ancient Athens. The academy has now closed but a statue of the Earl in his robes stands in Corfu Town. A library and a street are also named after him. Lord Guilford died in 1827.

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Re: Famous People of Corfu
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2012, 06:25:11 PM »
HRH Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark was born on 10 June 1921 at Villa Mon Repos on Corfu. His father was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, the fourth son of George I of Greece and Queen Olga. His mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg. The Prince was baptised a few days after his birth at St. George's Church in the Palaio Frourio ("Old Fortress"). His godparents were Queen Olga and the Corfu community (represented by Alexander S. Kokotos, Mayor of Corfu, and Stylianos I. Maniarizis, Chairman of Corfu City Council). Prince Andrew and Princess Alice remained in residence on the Island of Corfu for 18 months. Greece was politically unstable, and it was expected that the monarchy would soon be overthrown. On 22 September 1922, Constantine I was forced to abdicate the throne. A revolutionary court sentenced Prince Andrew, his younger brother, to banishment for life. Fortunately for the family, George V ordered that the Royal Navy vessel, HMS Calypso, evacuate the family, and Philip was carried to safety in a cot made from an orange box.

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Re: Famous People of Corfu
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2012, 06:27:38 PM »
Rena Vlachopoulou

Born in Corfu in 1923, Rena Vlachopoulou was an actress, comedienne, dancer and vocalist. She starred in over one hundred theatrical productions, as well as twenty-six films. Dubbed by many as the "Lucille Ball of Greece," her biggest box office successes were in the 1960s. Her film "H Komissa Tis Kerkyras," (The Countess of Corfu) is regarded by many fans as her finest and was filmed on the island. To this day, her house is one of Corfu's most visited landmarks. Rena Vlachopoulou died in July 2004.

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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2012, 06:29:38 PM »
Maria Kapodistria

In 1956 Maria Desylla Kapodistria, relative of first Governor of Greece Ioannis Kapodistrias, was elected mayor of Corfu and became the first female mayor in Greece.

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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2012, 06:30:58 PM »
Anastasios "Sakis" Rouvas
 
Sakis Rouvas (musician, actor, television presenter, model, businessman and former pole vaulter) was born in Potamos, Corfu on 5 January 1972. After a career as a member of the national athletics team, Rouvas commenced his musical career in 1991. After winning the Thessaloniki Song Festival, Rouvas became a dominant figure in Greek entertainment, with a large fanbase. He represented his country in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 and 2009 and co-presented the 2006 contest. Rouvas had sold an estimated two million records as of 2008, making him one of Greece's highest ever selling artists. Rouvas' distinct musical and performance style has influenced other artists, while his contributions to music have made him a prominent part of Greek popular culture for nearly two decades.

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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2012, 06:43:25 PM »
Dionysios Solomos.   
     
 Dionysios Solomos, the Greek National poet born in Zakynthos: Dionysios Solomos (1798 - 1857) was born on the island of Zakynthos. He is considered as the Greek national poet as town stanzas of his poem "Hymn to Liberty" has been declared as the national Anthem of Greece. Solomos is also credited as the first to create a modern poetic culture in Greece.

Dionysios Solomos was the illegitimate child of the wealthy nobleman Nikolaos Solomos and his maid Aggeliki Nikli. His father married his mother just a day before his death to make Dionysios and his brother his legitimate children. In 1808, young Solomos was sent to Italy to study. He finished high school in Cremona and in 1817 he graduated from the Faculty of Law of Pavia University.

Solomos started writing poetry in Italian, as he was a fluent speaker of the language and had great knowledge of Italian literature. Soon he was liberally welcomed in Italian literary circles as a brilliant poet in the Italian language.

When Solomos returned to Zakynthos, with his background in Italian literature, he found a flourishing literary culture. He made many friends among literature circles. They met frequently to compose poems and talk about literature evolutions.There Solomos took a big decision: to write his poems in Greek, not Italian. However, he didn’t want to write in the purist language, highly influenced by Ancient Greek. He wanted to write in the language and idiom of the common people of Zakynthos. He began to systematically study traditional songs and Cretan literature that were the best representations of the demotic dialect of Modern Greek literature.
 
The Greek Revolution of 1821 and the Exodus of Mesolongi were great inspirations for Solomos to write one of his best poems, the “Hymn to Liberty”. This poem was the flag bearer of the entire literary output of Solomos and established him as a mastery of his native idiom.

A financial dispute with his relatives forced Solomos to move to Corfu, where he found an atmosphere congenial to his poetic and lonesome nature. There he became a center of attraction for his admirers and noblemen. During his final years, Solomos again began to write poetry in Italian. He also became estranged to some of his friends and started drinking too much. He died of stroke in February 1857.His body was transferred to Zakynthos, his beloved island, in 1865.

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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2012, 06:49:42 PM »
Gerald Durrell.

Mrs Durrell moved with her three younger children (Leslie Durrell, Margaret Durrell and Gerald) to the Greek island of Corfu in 1935, following her oldest son Lawrence who had already moved there with his wife. It was on Corfu where Durrell began to collect and keep the local fauna as his pets. The family lived on Corfu until 1939. This interval was later the basis of the book My Family and Other Animals and its successors, Birds, Beasts, and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods, plus a few short stories like "My Donkey Sally". Durrell was home-schooled during this time by various family friends and private tutors, mostly friends of his eldest brother Lawrence (later a famous novelist). One of Durrell's tutor's friends, the Greek doctor, scientist, poet and philosopher Theodore Stephanides, became Durrell's greatest friend and mentor, and his ideas left a lasting impression on the young naturalist. Together, they examined Corfu fauna, which Durrell housed in everything from test tubes to bathtubs. Another major influence during these formative years, according to Durrell, was the writing of French naturalist Jean Henri Fabre.

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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2012, 06:54:21 PM »
Nana Mouschouri

Nana Mouschouri built her villa in Corfu. The villa of the internationally famous Greek singer is in the region of Korakiana near in the village of her mother (Sinies).

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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2012, 07:02:15 PM »
Lord Rothschild.

Here is a link to a pdf file from the Architectural Digest 1995 about the Lord Rothschild Estate.

http://www.bcarquitectos.com/imagtra/pdf/greek_1995.pdf

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« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2012, 08:09:37 PM »
Elizabeth (Sissy), the then Empress of Austria.

Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Corfu Achillion Palace:

The Achillion Palace is ideally located in the picturesque village of Gastouri. This magnificent Palace was built in 1890 exclusively for Elizabeth (Sissy), the then Empress of Austria. The palace used to serve as the summer retreat of the Empress. Unfortunately, Sissy the Empress passed away in a rather tragic manner when she was brutally assassinated in 1898 in Geneva and the palace was deserted till the year 1907 when it was bought by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.

The palace is located in a place of mesmerizing beauty with the c Corfu coast down below, which still has the jetty from where the Kaiser would embark on his pleasure cruises. The Palace is not only renowned for its classical features.
 
The impeccably landscaped palace garden is absolutely top class and makes for a picture perfect setting.

Legend has it that the Empress fell in love with Corfu, so much so that she ultimately decided to build a residence that she could call her own. The palace is located at the spot where the manor of the renowned philosopher Petros Armenis Vrailas stood.

The palace has a sentimental attachment to the tourists from England for being the birthplace of their adorable Prince Phillip.
Empress Sissi was captivated and awestruck by ancient Greek legends and mythology. Her favorite was Achilles on whose honor she dedicated the palace.

The Palace garden is replete with rather artistically sculpted statues of the pantheon of Greek Gods and Goddesses that makes for a truly mythical setting.

During the time when the palace was occupied by the Kaiser, he is said to have removed the magnificent statues of Achilles and additionally constructed the House of the Knights with the sole reason of housing his battalion on Corfu. Even the palace garden was relandscaped according to the whims and fancies of the Kaiser. The palace was given the status of a Public building after World War II.

Visitors to the palace can marvel at the exquisite mural positioned right at the reception enclosure which rather artistically portrays Achilles carrying the dead body of Hector.

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