Bell Tower, Corfu Town

Bell Tower, Corfu Town

UPDATE: The church is called St. Spyridon and the body of Saint Spyridon is actually entombed there. The Greek Orthodox church was built in 1596 to house St. Spyridon who arrived in Corfu in 1456. By arrived, I mean that the sarcophagus with his remains was brought there because he actually died in the year 348. Having lived in Cypress, his remains were taken to Constantinople and stayed there for a thousand years. When the Turks conquered Constantinople, his body was spirited (no pun intended) out of the city and brought to Corfu.

I went into the church and it has amazing paintings on the ceiling. Those paintings aren't the original ones, but are undoubtedly very old themselves, as the original ones were damaged over time and replaced.

I'm not a religious person and only visit old churches for the architecture, history and art. In this church there is a glass divider which people stood in front of and crossed themselves. As a non-believer, I didn't feel that it was my place to see what they were looking at. After having researched it a little, I think that behind the glass is the sarcophagus that holds the remains of the Saint.

Not having any time or a real internet connection, I didn't have a chance to get any info on that church in the background. I know it's old and it's very nice inside but anything other than that, I'll have to add later.

This is in the old section of Corfu Town. A very touristy section but the old world charm is almost overwhelming.

[Edit] I was never happy with that "old world charm" sentence so let me explain it a little better: Corfu is old, as is nearly all of Greece. A thousand years before Christ, old. Old enough to be considered one of the islands talked about in Homer's Odyssey. It shows, but in a good way. The stones on the streets are so worn from the ages and millions of footfalls that they have endured. If you have been to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and noticed the wear in the marble on the footers on some of the entrance ways, now you have an idea of how the streets of Corfu feel.

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Focal Length: 10 mm
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Taken: 2010-08-19 20:24:02
Posted: 2010-10-27 | 08:53





Bell Tower, Corfu Town

Bell Tower, Corfu Town

UPDATE: The church is called St. Spyridon and the body of Saint Spyridon is actually entombed there. The Greek Orthodox church was built in 1596 to house St. Spyridon who arrived in Corfu in 1456. By arrived, I mean that the sarcophagus with his remains was brought there because he actually died in the year 348. Having lived in Cypress, his remains were taken to Constantinople and stayed there for a thousand years. When the Turks conquered Constantinople, his body was spirited (no pun intended) out of the city and brought to Corfu.

I went into the church and it has amazing paintings on the ceiling. Those paintings aren't the original ones, but are undoubtedly very old themselves, as the original ones were damaged over time and replaced.

I'm not a religious person and only visit old churches for the architecture, history and art. In this church there is a glass divider which people stood in front of and crossed themselves. As a non-believer, I didn't feel that it was my place to see what they were looking at. After having researched it a little, I think that behind the glass is the sarcophagus that holds the remains of the Saint.

Not having any time or a real internet connection, I didn't have a chance to get any info on that church in the background. I know it's old and it's very nice inside but anything other than that, I'll have to add later.

This is in the old section of Corfu Town. A very touristy section but the old world charm is almost overwhelming.

[Edit] I was never happy with that "old world charm" sentence so let me explain it a little better: Corfu is old, as is nearly all of Greece. A thousand years before Christ, old. Old enough to be considered one of the islands talked about in Homer's Odyssey. It shows, but in a good way. The stones on the streets are so worn from the ages and millions of footfalls that they have endured. If you have been to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and noticed the wear in the marble on the footers on some of the entrance ways, now you have an idea of how the streets of Corfu feel.

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Camera: NIKON D90
Lens Type:
Focal Length: 10 mm
35mm Focal Length: 15 mm
Exposure: 1/15 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 200


Taken: 2010-08-19 20:24:02
Posted: 2010-10-27 | 08:53


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