Thursday, 8 March 2012

Corfu then and now 8: Ioulias Andreadi street in 1959

   Recently while surfing the Νational Μultimedia Αrchives, I found a short 1959 newsreel about the groundbreaking ceremony of the (old) hospital, attended by Queen Frideriki. The video starts with a shot of Ioulias Andreadi street, as it looked 53 years ago. The plot on which the hospital had been built was actually the southern side of Avramiou hill and part of the old Jewish cemetery. The neighbourhood across the road, looked very different then as there had not been built yet the 60s/70s apartment blocks. I should confess that I still have trouble identifying the two old buildings squeezed between the apartment blocks and compare them with those seen in the 1959 image. The now busy throughfare looked peaceful back then and it was lined with one or two storey houses and it was considerably narrower.

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