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St. Spyridon

Constructed in 1589 with thw contribution of the Corfiot community. It is the church which houses ever since the holy reliques of Agios Spyridon, Corfu's patron saint.

The huge belltower of the church is predominant in Corfu Town and you will recognize it as you will be walking through the old town and the castles. The bell tower resembles a lot the bell tower of the Greek church of Venice (San Giorgio dei Greci).

You can admire the painted ceiling created by P. Aspiotis (19th century), the marble templon, the oil lamps, the portable icons and the luxurious reliquary, where the holy relique of the Saint is kept . The street leading to the church bears the same name and it is near the northern extremity of the Liston alley.

 

Brief history of the Saint

Spyridon and his holy relique: Agios Spyridon lived in Cyprus in the 4th century AD. He took part in the 1st ’ Ecumenical Council in 325 AD , where he held a miraculous part .

 After his death, he was declared a Saint. His remains were taken to Constantinople about the end of the 7th century. After the fall of Constantinople by the Ottomans, the holy relique was moved initially to Arta and then to Corfu, where it was kept under the property of two families (Kalochaireti, Voulgari) until 1967.

Several miracles are mentioned during the lifetime of the Saint.

 Additionally, many miracles have been reported about the period that his reliquary is in Corfu. The most important of these are celebrated to this day with processions and ceremonies.

Particularly, in 1553 the Saint saved the island of famine. The procession on Easter Saturday commemorates this event. In 1630 he relieved the island of the plague. The procession on the Orthodox Palm Sunday commemorates this event. In 1673 he intervened once more, saving again Corfu of the plague. The procession on the first Sunday of November commemorates this miraculous intervention. Finally, in 1716 he relieved the island of the siege of the Turkish army. The procession on 11 August commemorates this event.

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