Holy and Miraculous Church of Agios Spyridon in Kerkyra

Agios Spyridon, the Wonderworker is the Patron Saint of Kerkyra (Corfu). He is called the “Keeper of the City” as he has saved this beautiful Ionian island four times from the Ottoman invasion.

Holy and Miraculous Church of Agios Spyridon in Kerkyra
*Agios Spyridon, the Wonderworker

The church of Saint Spyridon was initially built in Sarocco Square in Kerkyra Town. However, in 1590 it was erected in its present location. The church’s architecture is typical of the Venetian architecture seen all over the Old Town of Corfu.

Its bell tower is the highest spot in the town, and this is the first thing you see as the ferry approaches the island. The locals have deep faith in Agios Spyridon, the island’s keeper.

*Inside Saint Spyridon Church

He is known to have saved the island four times from the Ottoman invasion, which is one of the reasons that this church is the most important religious monument of Corfu. Spyridon and Spyridoula are prevalent names on the island, and the locals refer to their saint protector when they need help and support.

He performed a significant number of miracles, which was why they considered him a saint even before his death. Saint Spyridon also participated in the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea (325), countering the theological arguments of Arius and his followers. He also served as a Bishop of Trimythous, a district of Larnaca, Cyprus, until he died on December 12, 348 A.D.

*Relics of Agios Spyridon

It is remarkable that his Holy body remained imperishable, apart from his right hand. Even more impressive is that his relic maintains the temperature of a living body. His flesh has remained supple and has been studied and examined by many scientists from around the world, and none of them has an explanation for this phenomenon.

*Agios Spyridon is celebrated on December 12 in Kerkyra

Saint Spyridon is known as “The Walking Saint”, and his silk slippers are replaced frequently as it is said that they wear out as he walks the world performing miracles. His coffin has a removable bottom so Priests can easily replace his shoes.

And today, thousands of pilgrims will visit and kiss his feet on his Feast Day.

After the church service and procession, locals and visitors will participate in festivities as they celebrate this miraculous Saint who is dearly loved.


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