Saint Spyridon - Kerkyra, Corfu, Greece
Posted by: fi67
N 39° 37.513 E 019° 55.352
34S E 407525 N 4386716
Quick Description: The most famous church of the island in the center of the old town of Kerkyra.
Date Posted: 10/25/2012 6:12:18 AM
Waymark Code: WMFJ91
The church was built in 1590 and is a typical example for the Venetian influenced ecclesiastical architecture of the Ionian Islands. The bell tower was added 1620, it is the tallest building in town and one of the landmarks of it. The interior of the church is full of rich paintings, ornaments and gold. The paintings from 1727, originally done by Panagiotis Doxaras, were restored in 1852 by Nikolaos Aspiotis.
The church is dedicated to Saint Spyridon, the patron Saint of the island. He lived in Cyprus in the 4th century; his relics were saved to Constantinopel from the Arabs in the 7th century. After the fall of Constantinopel they were brought to Corfu and are kept in a silver reliquary in a side chapel of this church. The silver casket is carried in procession through the town four times a year.
Type of Orthodox Church: Eastern
Type of Building: Church
Status of Building: Actively in use for worship
Date of organization: 1/1/1590
Date of building construction: 1/1/1590
Associated Icons, Reliefs, art, etc.: The relics of Saint Spyridon
Kerkyra, Corfu Greece
Relevant Website: [Web Link]
Diocese: Not listed
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