Corfu – Churches

Religion played a significant role in the life and the culture of the Corfiots which is apparent from the number of Churches and Monasteries found in the city  and the villages. Most of the churches were built during the 17th and the 18th century and are mainly comprised of a central single aisled ceiling, an elaborate façade, a bell-tower and decorated ceilings with murals. There are also many older churches, such as the Church of Agios Iassonas and Agios Sossipatros  in the region of Anemomylos which dates back to the 11th century A.D. and has all the characteristics of the Byzantine church architecture.

The most significant church in Corfu and the main attraction of religious tourism is Agios Spyridonas  in the Old City,  due to the fact that it hosts the relic of the Saint. The Cathedral of Corfu in the region of Spilia is a typical sample of Venetian architecture and its elaborate, colored appearance amazes the visitors. Other significant Churches inside the city are:

  • Panagia Antivouniotissa  in Mouragia
  • Mandrakina in Spianada
  • Panagia of Foreigners  in Plakada t’ Agiou
  • Agios Ioannis in the Old City
  • Agios Nikolaos ton Geronton
  • Saint Jacob (the Catholic Cathedral) in the Town Hall square
  • Panagia of Vlaherna  in Kanoni

Inside the city it is also worthwhile visiting the Monastery of Kassopitra in Kanoni, the Monastery of Agia Efthimia in Anemomylos, Panagia Platytera where the grave of Ioannis Kapodistrias is also located, and the Monastery of Agioi Theodoroi Stratias  which operates continuously since 1500.

The most significant Monasteries and Churches of the Corfiot Countryside are:

  • The Monastery of Palaiokastritsa
  • The Monastery of Pantokratoras  at the top of the mountain
  • The Monastery of Myrtidiotissa  below Pelekas
  • Panagia of Foreigners

    Panagia of Foreigners in the Old City of Corfu has rare icons of the 18th century.

  • Panagia Platytera

    Panagia Platytera is situated in Corfu, inside the city and is the place where, the grave of Ioannis Kapodistrias is found.

  • Panagia Mandrakina

    Panagia Mandrakina is a small, crimson church among the Garden of the People and Boschetto Garden, in Spianada of Corfu.

  • Panagia in Magoulades

    Panagia in Magoulades is a Historically Preserved Monument and one the most ancient monasteries of the island.

  • Panagia of Vlaherna

    Panagia of Vlaherna is the small monastery in Pontikonisi of Corfu, in one of the most photographed landscapes of the island.

  • Panagia Antivouniotissa

    Panagia Antivouniotissa is one of the oldest churches of the Old City of Corfu and today it hosts an ecclesiastical museum with a great collection.

  • Monastery of Pantokratoras

    The Monastery of Pantokratoras is the monastery that is situated on the highest mountain of Corfu, since the middle of the 14th century.

  • Monastery of Palaiokastritsa

    The Monastery of Palaiokastritsa is located at the top of the hill, in one of the most popular resorts of Corfu and dates back to the 12th century.

  • Monastery of Myrtidiotissa

    The Monastery of Myrtidiotissa is situated in Western Corfu and is built in a verdant landscape with an endless view of the sea.

  • Monastery of Kassopitra in Kanoni

    The Monastery of Kassopitra in Kanoni is a male one and is located in the archaeological site of Figaretto.

  • Monastery of Zoodohos Pigi

    The Monastery of Zoodohos Pigi is located in Kastellanoi of Middle Corfu and today it houses the schools of the village.

  • Monastery of Agioi Theodoroi Stratias

    The Monastery of Agioi Theodoroi Stratias is one of the most significant monasteries of the island and was founded in the beginning of the 16th century.

  • Monastery of Agioi Theodoroi in Kamara

    The Monastery of Agioi Theodoroi in Kamara was founded during the 16th century and is located in the village of Kamara of Corfu.

  • Monastery of Agios Onoufrios

    The Monastery of Agios Onoufrios in Corfu is now deserted but, still maintains its impressive architecture of the past.

  • Monastery of Agios Dimitrios

    The Monastery of Agios Dimitrios is situated in Agioi Douloi of northern Corfu and is a nunnery.

  • Monastery of Agia Triada in Klimatia

    The Monastery of Agia Triada in Klimatia is located in the northern end of Corfu, perched in the mountains, with an endless view of the Diapontia Islands.

  • Monastery of Agia Kyriaki in Kouramades

    The Monastery of Agia Kyriaki in Kouramades is the newest monastery in Corfu and is situated in the village of Kouramades.

  • Monastery of Agia Eythimia in Anemomylos

    The Monastery of Agia Eythimia in Anemomylos is one of the most ancient monasteries of Corfu and is located in the bay of Garitsa.

  • The Cathedral of Corfu

    The Cathedral of Corfu is also known as Panagia Spilaiotissa and is an impressive church, in the alleyways of the Old City.

  • Lady of the Angels

    The Lady of the Angels in Corfu is a monastery in the region of Lefkimmi, in the southern part of the island.

  • Monastery of Pantokratoras Kamarelas

    The Monastery of Pantokratoras Kamarelas is located in Agioi Douloi of Corfu in verdant nature and flowing waters of the homonymous spring.

  • Church of Agios Iassonas and Agios Sossipatros

    The Church of Agios Iassonas and Agios Sossipatros dates back to the 11th century and is the most significant Byzantine Monument of Corfu.

  • Agios Spyridonas

    Agios Spyridonas, the patron saint of Corfu, whose relic is kept in the homonymous church of 1589, a great Byzantine monument in the alleys of the Old City.

  • Agios Nikolaos of Geronton

    Agios Nikolaos of Geronton is located in Campiello and was built during the 16th century.

  • Agios Ioannis in the Old City

    Agios Ioannis in the Old City of Corfu is one of the most beautiful and historical Churches of the island and Nikiforos Theotokis served as a priest there.

  • Saint Jacob

    Saint Jacob is the Cathedral of the Catholic Church in Corfu, Duomo. It is located in the Old City and it is one of the most impressive edifices.

  • Agia Paraskevi in Sgourades

    Agia Paraskevi in Sgourades is a convent in northern Corfu, built amongst a verdant olive grove.

  • Agia Paraskevi in Makrades

    Agia Paraskevi in Makrades is a nunnery of the 17th century in Palaiokastritsa of Corfu.

  • Agia Paraskevi in Kinopiastes

    Agia Paraskevi in Kinopiastes is a holy retreat in Kynopiastes of Corfu, created during the 16th century and celebrated on the 26th of July.

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