Church of Saint Spiridon, Corfu

View the relics of a 1st-century saint at Church of Saint Spiridon, an unassuming Greek Orthodox church built in the 16th century. Though easily overlooked from the outside, the church boasts an elaborate interior, including a marble iconostasis, a double sarcophagus for the remains of St. Spyridon, and other Baroque elements. The relics were moved here in 1949 following the fall of the Byzantine Empire. Note the intricately painted ceilings with gold trim recounting the saint's life, as well as the incense burners hanging from the ceiling. Visitors are expected to be quiet, respectful, and dressed modestly. Add Church of Saint Spiridon and other attractions to your Corfu Town trip itinerary using our Corfu Town trip planner .
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  • Wife pulled, drove, got on the baptism of the child, waited until the open access to the relics of St. Spyridon. In the queue to the relics of someone crying, someone read a prayer. Children do not understand why this is necessary, but defended and venerated!
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  • You cannot miss a visit to this beautiful church because it is right along the busy tourist path through the shopping area. What I always enjoy is when they offer a little opportunity to buy something...  more »
  • The Church of beautifully decorated, inside you can not do photos and (of course). You can see and pay tribute to the three throughout the Holy Spirydona.
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  • Beautiful Venetian church turned Orthodox in the center of old town Corfu. Saint Spyridon is the patron saint of the island which makes this church extra special. Must-see. Free entrance, but be respectful.
  • That is a wonderful place!Agios Spiridonos!Greece is Orthodox county.We are orthodox brother.Woth live from Russia!
  • a surreal experience. went in during a service, wanted to stay longer but were not sure what the expected behaviour was for visitors so we left.
  • The Saint Spyridon Church is a Greek Orthodox place of worship located in Corfu, Greece. The Church is situated in the heart of Corfu town just behind the Liston. It is the most famous church in Corfu. The exterior of the church is typical of the Venetian architecture. Its distinctive red-dome bell tower is the highest point in the town. The bell tower built in 1620 is plain and squarely profiled in an Italian style. The ceiling of the church is divided into 17 parts by golden frames painted by the artist, Panagiotis Doxaras, in 1727. However due to humidity these initial painting was destroyed and was restored in 1852 by the artist Nikolaos Aspiotis. Saint Spyridon, who is considered the keeper of Corfu and his relics can be found in the church behind the Altar, housed in a silver shrine made in Vienna in 1867. Devout Corfiots and pilgrims visit to kiss the reliquary and pray to the saint. His relics are carried around the town of Corfu four times a year to celebrate his miracles: Palm Sunday (plague), Good Friday (Holy Saturday ?, starvation), August 11th (siege of the Turks in 1716), first Sunday of November (plague). The litanies are accompanied by the local bands and they remain a strong tradition on Corfu. On 12 December, the memory of the saint is celebrated. Saint Spyridon was born in 270 A.D. in Assia, a village in Cyprus and was a shepherd who married and had a daughter. After his wife’s death, his daughter entered a convent and he vowed to lead a monastic life. He studied and gained wisdom and grace in the religious virtues and participated in the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea (325). He reportedly converted a pagan philosopher to Christianity by using a potsherd to illustrate how one single entity (a piece of pottery) could be composed of three unique entities (fire, water and clay); a metaphor for the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. He served as a Bishop of Trimythous, a district of Larnaca Cyprus, until he died in 348 A.D. When the Arabs conquered Cyprus, his body was disinterred and taken to Constantinople but his remains were found intact with a sprig of Basil. After the fall of Constantinople in 1453, his relics were moved to Corfu.
  • This is the Saint Spiridon church who is the patron saint of the city of Corfu. Spyridon was born in Askeia, in Cyprus. He worked as a shepherd and was known for his great piety. He married and had one daughter, Irene. Upon the death of his wife, Spyridon entered a monastery, and their daughter, a convent. Spyridon eventually became Bishop of Trimythous, or Tremithous (today called Tremetousia), in the district of Larnaca. He took part in the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea (325), where he was instrumental in countering the theological arguments of Arius and his followers. He reportedly converted a pagan philosopher to Christianity by using a potsherd to illustrate how one single entity (a piece of pottery) could be composed of three unique entities (fire, water and clay); a metaphor for the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. As soon as Spyridon finished speaking, the shard is said to have miraculously burst into flame, water dripped on the ground, and only dust remained in his hand (other accounts of this event say that it was a brick he held in his hand). (text from Wikipedia)

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