Busy Corfu Lane by Tom Gomez

A bustling narrow street filled with tourists in the old quarter of Corfu Town (Kérkyra in Greek) on the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu.

In the background, the church of Agios (Saint) Spyridon is the most famous on the island. Built in 1589 to replace the older church of Sorokos, destroyed during the construction of the town’s walls, it is a single nave basilica which has the highest bell-tower of all the island’s churches.

This bell-tower has a unique red dome and clock, similar to the bell-tower of the Orthodox Church of Agios Georgios (Saint Georges) in Venice.

Agios Spyridon, to whom the church is dedicated, is the patron of the island who, before becoming a bishop, started his life as a shepherd in Cyprus; he is related to many miracles such as the salvation of the island from the Turkish occupation, the famine and the epidemics.

His relics were brought from Constantinople and are preciously kept in a golden shrine from Venice. Every 12th of December, the feast name of the saint patron is celebrated during which the saint’s relics are carried through the streets of the town. Even today he is said to cure people and perform miracles.

Corfu is the most northerly of the Grecian Ionian Islands. It is a green and beautiful place where the pace of life is not too taxing.

The Old Town of Corfu is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm


Related shots can be found at Corfu or Greece or Eastern Meditteranean.

Featured in : Historic Places : 19 Jan 10

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  • deville
    devilleabout 5 years ago

    beautiful tom you sure get around

  • Thank you kindly Paul, I love to travel …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Tommy!!! You have shown such a personal side to this street with the bazaar like feel and the gorgeous colors….. Your commentary is so interesting…. miracles… couldn’t we all use one?? Want to meet me there? LOLOL This is awesome…. Thanks for the view of this wonderful spot!!!

  • I love wandering about in these busy narrow streets, you see all life, from the downright conservative to the absolutely bizzare, it is such fun. I wish I was there right now.

    Meet me at the right hand end of the Liston, you can have a Frappe and I’ll have a Mythos (Greek beer).

    – Tom Gomez

  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...about 5 years ago

    What a interesting picture, the history of it, is also interesting.. Sherri :)

  • Thank you kindly Sherri, I love Corfu …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 5 years ago

    Love it~ outstanding Tom!!!

  • Thank you so much dear Cheryl, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture and outstanding colours

  • Thank you kindly Hans …

    – Tom Gomez

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 5 years ago

    A wonderful capture – - – so colorful and FUN!!!!!

  • Thank you so much Lorilee …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisabout 5 years ago

    It sure is bustling! Great capture, Tom!

  • Thank you dear Barbara, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • DonnaMoore
    DonnaMooreabout 5 years ago

    What a wonderful capture that shows the every day activities.

  • Thank you kindly Donna …

    – Tom Gomez

  • DonnaMoore
    DonnaMooreabout 5 years ago

  • Thank you so much Donna, I am honoured …

    – Tom Gomez

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    CeePhotoArtabout 5 years ago

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