Corfu Saint Spyridon church

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Location: Town

The church of Saint Spyridon in Corfu was initially built in Sarocco Square. However, in 1590 it was erected in its present location. The architecture of the church is typical of the Venetian architecture that dominates the Old Town of Corfu. Its bell tower is the highest spot of the town and this is the first thing that you see as the ferry approaches the island. The locals have deep faith in Saint Spyridon, who is considered the patron saint of Corfu.

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Inside the church, which is located just behind Liston, rest the remains of the saint. According to the local customs, his remains are carried around the town of Corfu in a very peaceful litany four times a year to celebrate his miracles (Palm Sunday, Good Friday, August 11th, first Sunday of November). The litanies are accompanied by local bands and they remain a strong tradition in Corfu.

Spyridon, or else Spyros, is a very common name on the island and the locals actually refer to their protector when they want to swear on their word of honor about something.

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Top Tours and activities

  • Paleokastritsa and Corfu Old Town Private Tour

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    Visit the 13th-century Byzantine monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the beautiful village of Paleokastritsa, and then take a walk along the narrow lanes of Corfu's Old Town on a tour exclusive to your group.

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    Get to know Corfu Town on a walking tour with an English-speaking guide. Stroll the charming alleyways and interact with the locals as you stop to taste their food. End with a seated lunch of 2 typical dishes from Corfu at a restaurant.

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More info about Saint Spyridon

Saint Spyridon was born in 270 A.D. in Assia, a village in Cyprus. When he was young, he was a poor and humble shepherd. He later married and had a daughter. After his wife's death, his daughter entered a convent and he too led a monastic life, studied a lot and gained wisdom and grace in the religious virtues.
He performed a great number of miracles which was the main reason why they considered him a saint even before his death.
Saint Spyridon also participated in the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea (325), countering the theological arguments of Arius and his followers. He also 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 to be taken to Constantinople. However, his relics were found incorrupt and a sprig of basil would emit from the grave. After Constantinople fell to the Turks in 1453, his relics were again moved to Corfu, where they remain until today.
It is said that Saint Spyridon has saved the island four times from danger: in 1533 he saved the island from famine, in 1629 and 1673 he saved the islanders from the plague and in 1716 he saved Corfu from the Ottoman attack.
That is why the Corfiots respect their patron saint so much and think of him as their protector. His memory is celebrated on December 12th.

How to get there

The church of Saint Spyridon is located in Corfu Town, just an 8-minute walk away from the central bus station and an 11-minute walk away from a parking lot.

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 Spyridon 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.



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