Where there is an Old Fortress follows a newer iteration – after all, with Corfu being such a highly-prized island, defense is a blazing priority. The New Fortress wedges the old town of Corfu between its massive walls and those of its older compatriot. Built in the 16th century during Venetian rule, it is poised above the dated port, a standing sentinel on the hill of Agios Markos.
The views atop are exemplary, but nothing mattered more than fortification strength during its time of construction. Drawing materials from over 2000 houses and churches along the seafront, the New Fortress’ dual layer design was an island-wide effort; its results were two remarkable bastions accessible through a maze of passageways within. At 55 meters above sea level, it features a well-planned system of underground reservoirs, ammunition depots and halls. There were also tunnels linking it to the Old Fortress, but those are unfortunately not accessible.