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Church of St Spirit

The Church of St Spirit was built in the western part of the port of Vist, in the second part of the 17th century or maybe at the beginning of the 18th century.

It is east-west facing. On the façade is a portal with a double-winged pediment and elliptical windows with vaults in the middle of which is a central window in the form of a ring and distaff with a bell. Viewed as a whole, the church façade shows the late baroque style.

At the square apse, the vault is parted in a gothic way whilst the form of elongated side windows is also reminiscent of gothic style. Due to the modest financial resources available at the time, constructors were unable to richly develop the church’s layout which was characteristic of the baroque style, but have mixed various styles and satisfying modest solutions.

In the church, there is a large altar painting representing Our Lady with a child in her arms with three Saints below her. This painting is the work of the famous Venice painter, Giambattista Pittoni.

The late baroque painting, The Descent of the Holy Spirit painted by Giuseppe Cortese and other paintings on the side altars; painting The Baptism of Christ and a large icon of St Spyridon painted in his grave on Krf, have no great artistic value.

During the church’s construction, as can be seen by the archival material, a part of the rampart and tower of the antique Issa was pulled down in order to build part of the church.