AGIOI PATERES HOLY TEMPLE IN CORFU

This temple is located in the city of Corfu and its first mention is in 1537. Several evolution phases followed and it took its final form in 1768. It was preserved until 1943, when it
was destroyed by the Germans. All the wooden elements, roof, floors, frames and stairs were burned down. Only the peripheral stone walls remained, which, as the building was abandoned were partially destroyed, especially on the upper levels. Around 1990, the unique rood screen collapsed. The temple is an important historical monument which has most of the Corfu churches; elements. The stone floor is the only one that survived time and is of great importance. For this project, we conducted all the studies, which were approved by the Central Archaeological Council and the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
Phase A included:
a) Demolition of the interior and exterior coatings, the two upper sections of the
temple’s side walls, cleaning the stone walls’ joints, the cracks and the contraction
joints of the stone wall.
b) Sealing the cracks with strong cement mortar, medium pressure grouting, standard
mesh placement on all walls, except for the façade where wire mesh fastened on the
wall with shifter rails and coating the interior and exterior walls with strong cement
mortar.
c) Roof construction.
d) Interior and exterior plastering.
e) Frames and general architectural elements of the building for its restoration to its
initial form.
Phase B included:
a) Grave digging on the temple’s floor and restoration of the floors.
b) Restoration of the rood screen using the few remaining relics and photographs from
the Ministry of Culture and Sports archives.
c) Reconstruction of the women’s area using solid wooden cross-sections.
d) Reconstruction of the wooden pulpit.
e) Reconstruction of the wooden pews.
f) Reconstruction of interior and exterior frames.
g) Maintenance and repair of the stone stairs at the temple’s entrance and in front of
the bema.
h) Cleaning of all the stone decorative elements using sand blasting.
i) Alarm and fire detection system installation.
The surrounding area reshaping includes:
a) Marble tiling of the area in front of the temple and the small opening behind the
bema.
b) Reconstruction of the two central marble staircases at the main and south facades. 57
c) Cladding, column capital, marble columns and benches placement.
d) Construction of the electromechanical installations for sewerage, lighting and
irrigation of the surrounding area.
e) Restoration work on the building’s facades.