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Ekklisia Agios Spiridon

Glockenturm von Ekklisia Agios Spiridon
Bellower of  Ekklisia Agios Spiridon

The bell tower of Ekklisia Agios Spiridon stands out of the Old town of Corfu Town. It’s a landmark as you can see in the overview image .

Saint Spiridon is defied on Corfu very much, although he never lived on Corfu. He was born on Cyprus, is said being a member of the synod of Constantinople in the 4th century and became a saint after he passed away.

After the fall of Constantinople, his corpse was brought to Corfu in the 15th century, where they built this pilgrimage church. He is said to have saved Corfu several times: from pest in 1630, hunger crisis in 1550, the siege of the Turks in 1716 (Corfu never felt on the Turks, like the rest of Greece) and another pest in 1673. So, he has 4 feasts trough out the year.

Take care!

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What a difference …

610_6006-e2f_wThose of you, following me on Instagram too, might wonder about my last two images I posted.

Yesterday morning I posted an image of a wet surface and grumbling about rain just on time for the weekend. My next image is taken last night during a firework at a lake nearby. Surprisingly, the weather changed yesterday dramatically. Starting with a grey, wet and rainy morning the sky cleared up during the afternoon and gave us a pretty nice evening. Unfortunately, we have had an extremely high moisture in the air. Although, we only have had about 23°C, we were sweating very much, even without moving any part of our bodies.

I love watching and photographing fireworks, although I know, wild animals don’t like them. This one was rather short: only 7 minutes long.

We have an artificial lake nearby with a marina. Here, they have a festival each year. It’s called “Hafenfest” (literally: harbor festival). It’s always at the end of July. It’s organized similar to a german Kirmes (kermis, fun fair). They have some carousels, many food stands, life music and many, many visitors 🙂

We arrived about an hour before the proposed start to set up our gear and to give my accompanies a short introduction into how to photograph fireworks. Although, I didn’t see any results of them until now, I guess, they were satisfied with their results (hopefully they are still satisfied with their results, when they are watching their images on the big computer screen).

Because of darkness, you have to master your gear blind and be able to correct each setting quickly for not missing any shot. You also have to adjust the exposure time manually, to make sure to neither overexpose nor underexpose your images. So, this was a tiny workshop for my two rookies 🙂

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Ekklisia Spiliotissas ke Agios Vlassis

610_7698-s_wThis is another church in the Old town of Corfu town. I guess, this one is special. It’s decorated very rich with gold and silver. It also has some big byzantine icons.

This church was built in 1577 and thus has some renaissance elements in its architecture. Before, the temple Agios Vasilios for the virgin Spilaiotissa stood in this place. Because of the destruction of the temple, the images were moved to this new church.

In the back of the church you can find the silver coffin with the relic bones of St. Theodora.

Enjoy!

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