Saint Jason and Sosipater church

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The Church of Saint Jason and Sosipater in Corfu: The church of Saint Jason and Sosipater is situated between Garitsa neighbourhood and Mon Repos. The church is not visible at first sight, as it is surrounded by tall houses. However, it distinguishes for its architecture and speical style. Made of stone and marble, this church has large wooden doors and a tall bell tower.

The church was constructed around 1,000 A.D, which makes it the oldest church in Corfu Town and a rare Byzantine monument. It is dedicated to two local saints, Saint Jason and Saint Sosipater, two disciplines of Apostle Paul, who spread Christianity on the island in 70 A.D. It is said that the tombs of the two saints are located on the right and the left of the holy gate. The style of the church is Paleo-christian but it has some special features. Part of the anient town of Paleopolis, in a walking distance from the church, were used for its construction.

In the interior of the church, there are frescoes from the 11th and the 14th century. The bell tower was built in the 17th century. In 1993, excavations in the church revealed a cemetery that was in use from the early-christian times till 1900. It is said that the tomb of Ekaterini Paleologou, the wife of Thomas Paleologos, governor of Mystras, is under the yard of the church.

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