This amphitheatrically built 16th century settlement with its rich history, is characterized by its picturesque alleys, old stone mansions, newer colourful houses, beautiful churches and pretty squares set in the lush, green landscape that surrounds it
It is located 25 km from Corfu Town. Built on the mountain of the same name, it allegedly was the venue for King Alcinous’ wedding, so many of the residents call it “Wedding Mountain”.
Agios Mattheos is a settlement with about 1500 inhabitants, with their main occupation being agriculture. However, the Philharmonic Society of Agios Mattheos, “Lorentzos Mavilis”, founded in 1965, which is located on the main street of the settlement, is also of great importance.
Back in time, in the area where the current village of Agios Mattheos is located, Barbarossa and his pirates looted and destroyed the original village called Zygonos. The remaining residents sought security by building the new village amphitheatrically, in the mountainous part of the area.
The16th Century Monastery of the Pantocrator Christ has pride of place at the apex of the mount. It is no longer operational and is closed to the public. It does however have an absolutely fabulous view of the Adriatic Sea and surrounding verdant area. According to tradition, on August 6, Agios Mattheos gathers a large crowd for the festival held in commemoration of the Transfiguration of the Savior, Jesus Christ.