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Ionian Bank Building

32, Nikiforou Theotoki St
The building of the Ionian Bank is located on Nikiforos Theotokis St, in Agios Spyridon Square (Heroes of the Cypriot Struggle Square). Built in 1846, it is a two-storey building with elements of the English Palladian architecture whose construction was based on plans drawn up by the Corfiot architect, Ioannis Chronis. The ground floor bears carved stones at its base and arched openings. The other two floors bear Ionic columns on their facade, a temple-like pediment and large rectangular openings. It has been declared a monument deserving special state protection under Ministerial Decision No. 1967/21-8-1963 - Government Gazette 382/Β/29-8-1963. The Ionian Bank operated as a financial institution, as it was established when Corfu was under British rule/British protection. Since 1864, the Ionian Bank had been operating within the framework of the Greek state and acquired the privilege to issue and distribute banknotes. This privilege was inherited by the Ionian State and continued to exist until 1920. Since then and over the course of many years, the Ionian Bank gradually declined and in 1975, the building passed into the hands of the Greek State. Since 1981, the Banknote Museum of the Ionian Bank has been housed on the building’s first floor.
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Period of English Rule
Historic Centre
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Famous buildings that after the Union of the Ionian islands with the newly established Greek state (1864) have been used for other purposes
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This photograph has been created by the Laboratory of Interactive Arts of the Department of Audio and Visual Arts of the Ionian University, in the framework of the project "Digital Tour Guide using Augmented Reality and Holograms"" which is co-funded by the European Union, as part of the Operational Program "Ionian Islands 2014-2020", Integrated Information System: 5031254.

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