Nisos Corfu, with its evergreen landscapes of crystal clear turquoise waters, is a land of extraordinary beauty in the Ionian sea of Greece. Occupied by the Venetians, French and the English in the 19th century, Corfu heritage is enriched by beautiful historic architecture, royal footprints and unique recipes, with an emphasis on music and the arts and a love for everything Asian. Corfu (Kerkyra in Greek), unlike the rest of Greece, never fell under the Ottoman oppression. Due to the successive dominations of the Venetians, the French and the British over the centuries, the island has primarily become part of the Western rather the Levantine world. Culture that prevailed and was embedded in the architecture and lifestyle of the main town resulted in a number of achievements surpassing time and place: it was here that the first Greek University (the Ionian Academy), the first Philharmonic Orchestra and the First School of Fine Arts were founded.