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Getting There The path is a little tricky to locate. There is a small church and cemetary followed by a very small split in the road which forms something like a miniture roundabout. Just before the split look carfully for a very narrow path which faces due east. The path is easy enough to walk, but coming up may ran you out of breath.
From the top of Analypsis hill a narrow walking path runs parallel to the boundary of Mon Repo Park and leads you down to the seafront but just before reaching the water stands the famous and very old spring of Kardaki, for which the locals claim that whoever drinks from it is destined to forget his homeland and always return to Corfu. From the early times of Corfu it was an important source of water for the ships and sometimes for the city when it used to ran out of water.
There used to be a lion’s head, symbol of the venetian republic, from which the water was running out. The origin of the name "Kardaki" was probably derived from the venetian word "vardia" which means "night shift" gradually changed by locals to "vardaki" and finally to "Kardaki". Its name was possibly derived from the shifts to protect the spring from intruders. In 1822, water suddenly stopped running from the spring and the English authorities (Corfu then was under British rule) decided to do some excavations and find out the reason. They found that a part of the then undiscovered ancient temple of Apollon had blocked the water as a result of a landslide.
In 1898, when mayor Angelo’s Psoroulas was in office (1893-1899), the spring had been repaired and a commemorative plaque placed right under the small cave above the spring. Another plaque had been placed nearby by Corfian Studies Society on which the famous verse of Mavilis can be read.
«Golden waters, I see you because the waters from the cold tap bewitches me, which surely runs from the holy ground. Therefore some God has decreed, And whichever foreigner wets his lips To his homeland he will never return».
Lorenzos Mavilis "Kardaki"
History In Corfu - Kardaki Water Spring
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