Ionian Architecture

Ionian architecture

Information about the Architecture of Ionian islands, in Greece but also information about architecture in many islands of the group: The rich heritage of the Ionian islands reflects on the brilliant architecture that is visible even in the smallest of these islands. It is of high interest that the unique Ionian architecture is perfectly matched with the natural beauty and landscape, capturing all visitors. The entire complex consists of amazing destinations waiting to be explored. The culturally diverse styles of the Ionian islands show a great siginificance, as they were strongly influenced by several civilizations throughout the ages like the Venetians, French and the British who never managed to degrade the traditional character of the locals. However, the western world had a deep impact on a cultural level like the arts and architecture.

The beautiful architectural marvels, imposing buildings, amazing churches and monasteries as well as traditional settlements that we see today in the Ionian have played a major role in solving the cultural puzzle of these islands. The rich and turbulent history left heavy traces that still survive to this day are assimilated in harmony to the Greek authentic character, the western European influences as the architectural monuments testify today. The Venetian fortifications, traditional architecture and the relics of a deep spiritual and religious tradition are enduring characteristics of Ionian architecture.

The devastating Kefalonia earthquakes in 1953 affected many of the traditional settlements in the Ionian islands, which are now restored with beautiful neoclassical mansions and stone built houses with tiled roofs and vivid colors. One of the most well-known islands that host the glorious constructions of the invaders is Corfu town, full of historic quarters, palaces, forts and castles, beautiful churches overlooking the bay and a large collection of neoclassical mansions and buildings that adorn the capital and the surrounding settlements.

Equally interesting is a visit in Ithaca island, the exotic Paxi and the beautiful Zakynthos island. Each one of these destinations is occupied by a plethora of Venetian and British constructions, elegant mansions and colourful restored houses. One of the most well-known islands that host the glorious constructions of the invaders is Corfu, a town full of historic quarters, forts and castles, beautiful churches overlooking the bay and a large collection of neoclassical mansions and buildings that adorn the capital and the surrounding settlements.

The architectural style of the Ionian islands is seen in many European towns and other cities in the world, as it is a beautiful mixture of many cultures from Italians to British that is uniquely combined with the Greek natural beauty.

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