Churches and monasteries in Corfu
There are almost one thousand churches and monasteries on the island of Corfu and a large number of the are opened to tourists as well.
The best known are the St. Spyridon Church in Corfu Town, the monastery on the Mount Pantokrator, the Theotokos Monastery in Palokastritsa, the Byzantine Church of Saints Jason and Sosipater in Garitsa and the church in Kanoni.
We would like to offer a short presentation of these five churches and monastaries in Corfu.
Church of Saint Spiridon
The Church of St. Spirdon dates from 1589 and it can be found in Corfu Town near the Liston area. This is the most important church of the island of Corfu and many tourists prefer it. The church houses the relics of St. Spyridon, the patron saint of the island in a silver chest in a small chamber, in a corner of the church.
Monastery of Mount Pantokrator
The Monastery on the Mount Pentocrator (“Almighty”) in Corfu was built probably in the year 1347. The monastery was destroyed after two centuries and needed to be rebuilt, but that happened only in the second half of the seventeenth century. If you visit the monastery, you will see icons from the late eighteenth century and Baroque frescoes from the seventeenth century.
The Theotokos Monastery in Palokastritsa
The Theotokos Monastery in Palokastritsa was built in 1277 and then needed to be restored in 1722. The monastery and the gardens of the surroundings offer a spectacular view of the gulf near the village of Paleokastrista. At the monastery you can visit a small museum set in one of the cells, which displays religious relics and a small souvenir shop. The monastery is open from May to October, but you should know, that it is closed every day between 13:30 and 17:30.
The Byzantine Church of Saints Jason and Sosipater in Garitsa
The Byzantine Church of Saints Jason and Sosipater is located near the southern coast of the bay of Garitsa. Saints Jason and Sosipater were the two disciples of St. Paul, who came to the island around the year 70 AD.
The Church of Kanoni
The Church of Kanoni is across the street from the entrance of Mon Repos in Kanoni. The church building didn’t survive until today; we can see only the ruins and the structure of the former church. The Church of Kanoni needed to be rebuilt over and over again during the twelfth, fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. It had a roof made from wood, mosaic floors and marble and stone sculptures. The marble statues of the church were brought from the nearby old temples.