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The Temple of Kardaki is a marvel of ancient architecture situated in the heart of Palaiopoli, Corfu’s most significant archaeological site. As the best-preserved ancient temple on the island, it is a must-visit for anyone interested in Greek history.

Dating back to the end of the 6th century B.C., during the peak of Palaiopoli’s civilization, the Temple of Kardaki is of the Dorian order and boasts eleven single-stoned pillars on its wider sides and six on its narrow sides. It sits on a slope and faces the sea, providing visitors with stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

While tradition suggests that the Temple of Kardaki was dedicated to Poseidon, some believe it may have been dedicated to two other gods of ancient Greece: Asklipios and Apollo. Regardless of its intended purpose, the temple’s impressive design and historical significance make it a fascinating destination for tourists and history enthusiasts alike.

The temple’s location is also noteworthy, situated inside the Mon Repos estate, close to the old palaces. Nearby, visitors can find the spring of Kardaki, which is named after the temple and is situated on the hill of Analipsi. The temple’s discovery is itself a fascinating story: when the water flow of the spring suddenly stopped in 1822, English occupants of Corfu went searching in the area and realized that parts of the ancient temple had caused a landslide that blocked the water flow.

Overall, the Temple of Kardaki is a testament to the ingenuity and skill of ancient Greek architects, and a must-see for anyone visiting Corfu who is interested in the island’s rich cultural history.

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