On the rocky island of Mathraki, one of the small islands that surround Corfu, visitors will meet a few old yet well-preserved churches. They do not operate frequently and hold church services on the name day of the saint or on special occasions.
On the northern side of Mathraki, in Plakes which is the main port of the island is located the Church of Agios Nikolaos, the saint protector of the seamen. On the southern side is found the Church of Agios Spyridon, the saint protector of Corfu and all the surrounded islands. Both of the churches were built during the Venetian times. In Diaplo islet located between Corfu and Mathraki lies the small church of Agios Nikolaos.
Church of Agios Nikolaos
On the northern side of Mathraki, there is the small church of Saint Nicolas, protector of the seafarers, as most residents in Mathraki occupy with fishing.
Chapel of Saint Nicolas
In Diaplo islet, there is a small church dedicated to Saint Nicolas. The legend says that Saint Nicolas once petrified a pirate ship when they tried to devastate Mathraki. The ship was turned into the three rocky islets Plaka, Lispo, and Karavi next to Diaplo.