Built in 1590, the St. Spyridon is dedicated to St. Spyridon, who is said to have saved the Greek island of Corfu from Ottoman attacks on multiple occasions. Located in the heart of Corfu Town, the church is the final resting place of the saint, whose remains are kept in a casket inside the church. Four annual processions originate from the church, on August 11 (the date the Turks abandoned their siege of Corfu in 1716), Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday and the first Sunday in November. On each occasion, the body of St. Spyridon is carried around the town as part of the procession. On three other occasions, his casket is put out for public display and worship.
St. Spyridon is a classic example of Venetian architecture in Corfu Town. The top of the church is divided into 17 parts with golden frames that were painted in the early 18th century and restored in the 19th century. The church’s bell tower was built in 1620 and today is the highest part of the town. For visitors approaching Corfu Town by ferry, it is the first thing they will see.
St. Spyridon Church is located behind the Liston in Corfu Town. It has two entrances, one facing the Spianada and the other toward Ag. Spyridon Street. Visitors can be advised to keep the church’s bell tower in sight as they wander around town to keep from getting lost.