Thursday, 6 September 2012

Corfu then and now 10: Μantouki as seen from Kefalomantouko hill in 19th, 20th and 21st century

   Mantouki is a suburb of Corfu Town which since the late 19th century was home to several factories. Most of its residents came from Epirus. It was practically a small fishing village, an aspect which still can be noted in the area's architecture today.
   In the three images below we can see how Mantouki changed throughout the centuries. From a quiet fishing village back in early 19th century to the industrial suburb of the early 20th century and to the busy port of nowadays. Note that the seaside throughfare (Ethnikis Antistaseos) did not exist until the early 1960s when the new port was constructed and the shore was extended in order to make room for it.

Mantouki in 1837
Mantouki in early 20th century
Mantouki today

1 comment:

Corfu Bluesman, Dorset Newsman said...

Thanks for this John. Your readers might want to read "The Cat of Portovecchio, Corfu Tales", by Maria Strani-Potts (also available in Greek translations from Kedros). Also some of my postings about Mandouki:

http://corfublues.blogspot.co.uk/2010/01/mandouki.html

http://corfublues.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/mandouki-corfu-historical-suburb.html

http://corfublues.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/edward-lear-in-mandouki-1864.html

http://corfublues.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/mandouki-easter-1968.html