Gardiki Castle

Location: Agios Matheos   

Corfu Gardiki Castle: Although partially demolished, the Castle of Gardiki has a distinct Byzantine feature that pervades the entire edifice. One can view the castle right from the entrance of Gardiki village. Renowned scholars of Corfu equate this marvelous Castle with the magnificent Angelokastro Fort. This is primarily because of the fact that the castle was built during the same period and what is more, by the same Archbishop.

The castle is conspicuous by its octagonal shape and an ellipsoidal attachment. The bordering parapets were adorned with traditional Byzantine artworks. The vestiges that one can see on the right hand side of the main entrance are believed to belong to the in-house chapel.

The castle's idyllic location in the picturesque village of Gardiki due south of the island, in close proximity to the village of Agios Mattheos attracts hordes of tourists every year. The castle is renowned for its impregnable fortifications that defended the residents of Corfu on numerous occasions from the marauding and all conquering enemies. In the present times, one must admit that its ramparts are impeccably preserved and it is a sheer delight just to visit the castle, though the castle is partially destroyed.

Apart from the principal castle, there are numerous other ancient edifices strewn around the castle's surrounding areas, and each one unique in their architectural features. The fact that the castle is nestled in the midst of verdant Olive groves, imparts a touch of ethereal beauty to the castle's surroundings.

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