Pontikonisi

Summary

Pontikonisi (Greek: Ποντικονήσι, "Mouse Island") is a Greek islet near the island of Corfu. Its prominent feature is a Byzantine chapel of Pantokrator, dating from the 11th or 12th century.[1]

Pontikonisi
Native name:
Ποντικονήσι
Pontikonisi Island.jpg
The islet of Pontikonisi
Pontikonisi is located in Corfu
Pontikonisi
Pontikonisi
Geography
LocationMediterranean Sea
Coordinates39°35′11″N 19°55′04″E / 39.58639°N 19.91778°E / 39.58639; 19.91778Coordinates: 39°35′11″N 19°55′04″E / 39.58639°N 19.91778°E / 39.58639; 19.91778
Area1 ha (2.5 acres)
Administration
MunicipalityCorfu
Demographics
PopulationUninhabited

In Homer's The Odyssey, Poseidon turns the Phaiákian Cutter that brought Odysseus to Ithaka into stone. This segment of the Epic is believed to have been based on this Island off the coast of Corfu.[according to whom?]

The island of Pontikonisi might have served as an inspiration for Arnold Böcklin's painting Isle of the Dead.[2]

See alsoEdit

  Media related to Pontikonisi (Corfu) at Wikimedia Commons

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pontikonisi Island and the Church of Pantokrator". Real Corfu. Archived from the original on 2017-10-21. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  2. ^ Harrison, Max (2005), Rachmaninoff, Continuum International Publishing Group, pg 159.