The Church of Saint Jason and Sosipater in Corfu is situated between the Garitsa neighborhood and Mon Repos. This church is not visible at first sight, as it is surrounded by tall houses. However, it distinguishes for its architecture and special 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, disciplines of Andrew the Apostle. 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 ancient town of Paleopolis, within walking distance from the church, was 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.
How to get there
The Church of Saint Jason and Sosipater is located in Corfu Town, just a 20-minute walk away from the central bus station.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 26610 39911, 0030 693 484 3704, or 0030 694 726 6811, or booking your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Church of Saint Jason and Saint Sosipater and many other points of interest in Corfu at their own pace.
Public transport: The central bus station of the island is located at Corfu Town. There are bus connections between this bus station and most areas of the island. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.