Saint Spiridon Church in Corfu
Church of St. Spyridon Corfu is home to some of the most historic places and religious buildings in the Ionian Sea that highlight the great past of the island. The imposing Church of St. Spyridon is located in the Old town and it is a beautiful example of the Ionian architecture which brings together neoclassical and renaissance elements. Its construction started in 1589 and has become one of the most important attractions ever since. Due to the long Venetian presence on the island, the architecture of the church is characterized by a mixture of Greco-Italian elements. The bell tower with the red dome stands high so that it is clearly visible from the city and the sea. The bell tower in 1620 and its architectural lines resemble to the Greek Church St. Giorgio Del Greci in Venice. The clock with the Latin numbers is decorated with golden pointers. The church is dedicated to St. Spyridon who is the patron saint of the island. His relics are located in a shrine which was created in Vienna in 1867. The relics of the Saint are taken in procession for veneration on four special occasions every year; Palm Sunday, Good Friday, August 11th, first Sunday of November.
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