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RELIGIOUS TOURISM

In Northern Corfu, the religious feeling is very strong and proven by a lot of churches, monasteries and hermitages all over this side of the island.
A significant number of visitors decide to come in Northern Corfu for its many orthodox churches and other sites of religious interest. Byzantine and meta-Byzantine churches, small churches in villages and countryside, monasteries, often with remarkable murals, mosaics and decoration insets, iconographies, and icons indicate the strength and persistence of faith and tradition. At the same time, a lot of artworks register the ancient connection between artistic creation and religious beliefs. Devout visitors, tourists and Byzantine art admirers can understand the connections between Greek orthodox art and spirituality by visiting Northern Corfu.

Monastery of Pantokratoras: The Monastery of Pantokratoras is built at an altitude of 914 meters, on the tallest mountain of Corfu and it is named after it. According to the charter of the monastery, which is saved in a parchment in the General Archives of Corfu, the Monastery of Pantokratoras was founded in 1347, when the residents of 23 villages of the mountain built the monastery. READ MORE

Panagia Kassopitra In the Middle Ages it was probably the most famous church on the island. One of the most important churches in Corfu built in 16th century. This beautiful building is located near the main road of Kassiopi, next by the Ancient Castle where hosted the Holy Relics of St. Donatos the Wonderworker, Patron of Paramythia, before ending up in Venice, with a small part returning in Paramythia. Panagia Kassopitra church is mentioned by Latin travelers of Middle Ages, indicating it as a reference and pilgrimage point well known outside the island. Today the church is open to the public, so you can admire a lot of interesting icons. READ MORE

Monastery of Agia Triada in KlimatiaThe foundation of the Monastery of Agia Triada in Klimatia in Corfu dates back to the 15th century. It is located outside the village of Klimatia, in the mountainous region in the north of the island and in order to approach it you will need to cross a short dirt road.¨The Monastery of Agia Triada in Klimatia mainly became known due to its unique murals which, date back to the 17th century and its portable icons, primarily from the middle of the 19th century, while the rhythm of the church is of single-spaced vault. READ MORE

Monastery of Virgin in Magoulades: MaryPanagia in Magoulades of Corfu is a monastery which is located in the village of Magoulades. It was founded during the 16th century and firstly it belonged to a brotherhood. However, according to other information, Panagia in Magoulades already existed as a monastery at the end of the 10th century, a fact that makes it the oldest one of the island. Today, Panagia in Magoulades is characterized as a Historically Preserved Monument. READ MORE

Monastery of Kamarelas in Agioi DouloiThe Monastery of Pantokratoras Kamarelas is located in the region of Agioi Douloi  in northern Corfu. It was establish as a convent in 1800 and continuously operates since then. The Sanctuary of the Monastery of Pantokratoras Kamarelas was established in 1890 and is dedicated to the Metamorphosis of Sotiros and still operates. READ MORE

Metamorphosis Monastery – Nymphes: This monastery is located 1km from Nymphes village on the northern side of the island, is one of the oldest Christian building in Corfu Island. Very characteristic is the relative myth, made by the parents of ascetic Artemisios Paisios in his memory READ MORE

Saint Spyridon - Saint Spyridon of Tremithus was born towards the end of the third century on the island of Cyprus. He was a shepherd, and had a wife and children. He used all his substance for the needs of his neighbors and the homeless, for which the Lord rewarded him with a gift of wonderworking. He healed those who were incurably sick, and cast out demons. After the death of his wife, during the reign of Constantine the Great (306-337), he was made Bishop of Tremithus, Cyprus. As a bishop, the saint did not alter his manner of life, but combined pastoral service with deeds of charity. READ MORE

 

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