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Παρασκευή, 26 Μάιος 2017
Metropolitan Church of Hyperagia Theotokos Spileotissa Print E-mail

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The Metropolitan Church of Kerkyra, known as Panagia (Virgin Mary) Spileotissa, is situated where the old church of St. Vlasios stood and was built in 1577. The church is dedicated to three saints, Panagia Spileotissa, since after the destruction of the church the icon of Panagia Spileotissa was brought here, to St. Vlasios and to St. Theodora.

The church is in the category among the Eptanesian Basilica tri-aisle churches and in the front view it stands out for its renaissance elements.

Inside the church, the relics of St. Theodora are kept in a silver shrine. Its Byzantine chancel screen and various significant religious paintings of which the oldest is the icon of Panagia Dimosiana worth notice. Panagia Dimosiana is said that it was made in Ioannina at the end of the 14th century. Also, other notable icons are hosted in the Metropolitan church from religious painters such as Michael Damaskinos, Emmanouel Tzanne Mpounialis and Panagiotis Paramythiotis. 

 

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