Saint Spyridon Corfu, the most famous religious monument of the town was bult in 1596 and was obviously influenced by the Italian art. It is dedicated to Saint Spiridon, the patron saint of Corfu, who according to the legend saved the inhabitants of Corfu, in the past, from epidemics and the Turkish siege 1716. Spyridon, or else Spyros, is very common name on the island and the local actually refer to their protector when they want to swear on their word of honor about something.
The temple’s roof is impressive. It is separated in 17 parts and it portrays scenes taken by Saint Spiridon’s life and the Evangelists. His remains are kept in a silver reliquary of the 19th century and devout Corfiots visit the site in order to kiss the reliquary and pray to the saint. According to the local customs, his remains are carried around the town of Corfu in a very peaceful litany four times a year to celebrate his miracles (Palm Sunday, Good Friday, August 11th, first Sunday of November). The litanies are accompanied by the local bands and they remain a strong tradition on Corfu.
The architecture of the church is typical of the Venetian architecture that dominates all over the Old Town of Corfu. Its bell tower is the highest spot of the town and this is the first thing that you see as the ferry approaches the island. If you keep the church tower in sight you can wander as you wish without getting lost around this fascinating section of town.