The most popular word in tourism literature and ads these days is ‘experience’ – and it is difficult to imagine a more unique experience than owning a house with a beautiful Church attached.
On the legendary island of Corfu, nestled in the privileged area of Mourayia with an amazing view towards the sea over the ancient walls of the old city and commanding a lovely downtown corner in the picturesque old town of Corfu is a beautiful historical church, the church of Saint Andreas. It semi-detached, associated with a two-storey home – and both are for sale, offering a truly unique living situation.
Ioanna Aroni, an agent with Roula Rouva Real Estate, told The National Herald that ‘experience’ is defined as: the process of getting knowledge or skill that is obtained from doing, seeing, or feeling things” – or, more poetically, “something that happens which has an effect on you,” that engenders feelings and memories that become as much a part of you as they were once unexpected. “And there is no greater way to describe the feeling of living on the most cosmopolitan Greek island as well as owning a historical masterpiece there,” she said. “Truly, it is both a delightful and a sublime experience.”
“The ‘feeling’ of Corfu can only be lived in order to be fully appreciated,” said Aroni. “The air itself carries a blend of romance and cultural inheritance from another era. Strolling around the old Corfu Town which is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site, you can travel you back to the days when it was the playground of royalty – when the Dukes and the Duchesses of the island would stroll around famous Liston square.”
Aroni explained that, “back in the day, if your name was not included in the Libro D’Oro – the Golden Book where the names of the local aristocrats were inscribed – you did not have access to the square – walking there was a privilege of the ‘blue bloods’.
The sense of this cosmopolitan lifestyle is still alive as the buildings bear the glory of the centuries that have gone by, giving them a one-of-a-kind beauty that sparkles and shines.
“This building – the Church of St. Andreas, which I have the honor to represent – is one of the very few privately-owned churches someone can buy for themselves. It is located very close to places like Liston Square, the Church of St. Spyridon, the Royal Palace, the Byzantine and Solomos museums, the Old and New Fortress, as well as to various traditional restaurants and taverns that are enjoyed by persons of all ages,” she said.
The church of St. Andreas was originally constructed in 1733. Measuring 81.7 sqm., it belongs to the family that owns the property and is a functioning church twice a year, when the feast day of St Andreas is celebrated, and on the feast day of St. Fanourios. It is one of the oldest churches of Corfu and has a unique, artistic bell tower of exceptional beauty.
“The house, which is in need of some renovation, measures 175 sqm. and consists of a sitting area, a kitchen, four bedrooms, and one bathroom. Its location presents an excellent opportunity for a variety of different uses, including a truly magnificent family home that co-exists with an admirable historical church,” Aroni said.
Asked to speak like a friend to a friend about why it would be wonderful to live there, she said, “because there is no greater place to live! This island has it all: beautiful long crystal-clear beaches, olives trees from which you can make your own natural olive oil, tasty food, museums, an international airport, universities, an excellent hospital – it is alive year round.”
For people that want both convenience and a high quality of life, “it is the best choice,” she said, adding that “the island offers opportunities for building a career and crafting an enriching personal life.” Including raising a family. “There are so many activities and sports that your children and you can enjoy such as cricket, horseback riding, soccer, basketball, ballet classes, dance classes, paintball. There are also water sports such as parasailing, water skiing, and stand up paddleboarding (SUB).
Aroni overflows with love and enthusiasm for her island. “Corfu has it all and this is indeed the place where your children will be able to play and walk freely as it is one of the safest places in the world. It can be the place where you create your most beautiful memories.”
Many memories. It does not take long to discover how rich is Corfu’s history and cultural life. – including some enchanting surprises. “Let’s not forget our island’s musical history and heritage,” Aroni told TNH. “It is the only place in Greece that has 19 philharmonic societies, the bands that turn Easter into the most festive season and makes the island of Corfu one of the hottest destinations in the Mediterranean.”
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