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Corfu Town Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Built in 1588 and consecrated 50 years later, this elegant cathedral was erected to provide a grand place of worship for Corfu Town's Catholic occupiers. If you use the Italian name, San Giacomo, locals will know it. When it was bombed by the Nazis in 1943, the cathedral's original neoclassical facade of pediments, friezes, and columns was practically destroyed; only the bell tower remained intact. It's now been restored. Mass takes place daily at 7 pm and at 10:30 am on Sunday. Across the road is the office of the mayor, formerly a Venetian-built theater. Note the carvings and bas-reliefs on the walls.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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Dimarcheiou Sq.
Corfu Town, Corfu  49100, Greece

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