Agios Nikolaos of Geronton

Agios Nikolaos of Geronton is one of the churches in Campiello of the Old City of Corfu. It was built during the 16th century and is considered, even today, one of the richest of the island. The Venetian name of the church, San Nicolo dei Vecchi, is still used today, while Agios Nikolaos of Geronton was a cathedral church of the Great Head Priests until 1712.

During World War I, with the establishment of the Serbian army  in Corfu, Agios Nikolaos of Geronton was granted to the Serbs.

It is a single aisled basilica, with a wooden tiled roof and an external narthex, while the residence of the priest is also included in the building complex of Agios Nikolaos of Geronton.

The wooden carved iconostasis and the pulpit of Agios Nikolaos of Geronton impress the faithful and the visitors, and so does the largest piece of the Holy Cross, which exists in Corfu, while the religious paintings of Agia Theodora, the Holy Communion and Agia Kerkyra, which are works of art of Emmanouil Tzanes, are some of the artworks that are kept there.

The icon of Agios Nikolaos dates back to the post Byzantine period and is made of wood, coated with silver cover. It presents Agios Nikolaos with Christ on his right and Panagia (The Virgin Mary) on his left.

It is said that Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first governor of Greece, was baptized in Agios Nikolaos of Geronton on the 11th of February in 1776.

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