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Church of Kyra Faneromeni - Virgin Mary of the Foreigners- (Panagia ton Ksenon)

Heroes Square
The Church of the Holy Theotokos Faneromeni is located ον Iroon Square opposite St. Ioannis church. The church was built in 1869 with the assistance and donations of Epirotes and priest Nikodimos Kolitzas from Epirus. The land where the church was built was donated by Theodorela Vervitsioti who also comes from Epirus. The church was synodal and belonged to guilds of furriers and goldsmiths. It is a three-aisled basilica with a tiled roof. In 1832, the church’s height was raised, based on the plans drawn by the architect Ioannis Chronis. The church features an impressive wooden gilded iconostasis including interesting icons painted by George Samartzis (1893) and Dionysios Vegias (1877) which are typical examples of the Heptanese School. The icon of Panagia Faneromeni has been placed on the diaconicon. The "ourania" (illustrated roof) is a work of Nikolaos Koutouzis. In the church there are important icons, among them, St. Antonios of Emmanuel Tzane and the "Root of Jesse". On Holy Saturday, the first Resurrection of Christ and all relevant customs, such as the artificial earthquake, take place in the church. The Church of Theotokos Phaneromeni celebrates on the 15 August and a great number of believers visit it throughout the year. REFERENCES 1) Παπαγεωργίου Σ. Κ., Ιστορία της Εκκλησίας της Κέρκυρας από της Συστάσεως αυτής μέχρι του νυν, Κέρκυρα 1920. 2) Καρύδης Σ. Χ., Ορθόδοξες Αδελφότητες και Συναδελφικοί Ναοί στην Κέρκυρα (15ος – 19ος αι.), Αθήνα 2004. 3) Στούπης Σ., Οι «Ξένοι» εν Κερκύρα, Αθήνα 2003.
Religious Tourism
Areas of Interest
Venetian Period
Post Byzantine Era
Places of worship
Coexistence of religious beliefs in the Historic Center of Corfu town
Small steps or stairs
Visiting Hours
Open only while church service. Information:(+30) 26610 39912, (+30) 26610 41710 Email :
This photograph has been created by the Laboratory of Interactive Arts of the Department of Audio and Visual Arts of the Ionian University, in the framework of the project "Digital Tour Guide using Augmented Reality and Holograms"" which is co-funded by the European Union, as part of the Operational Program "Ionian Islands 2014-2020", Integrated Information System: 5031254.

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