Zakynthos Architecture

Zakynthos is one of the largest Greek islands in the Ionian, a verdurous island with fertile valleys and breathtaking bays. The Venetian influence is apparent in the whole island despite the serious damage caused by the devastating earthquake in 1953. During that time, Zakynthos faced the loss of some beautiful historical monuments and churches. As a result, the town was entirely restored with respect to its original architectural aspect.

The surviving half-ruined traditional houses, buildings and aqueducts reflect the cosmopolitan and rich history of the island which is now lost in the depths of time. An apparent element that indicates pre-earthquake buildings, which mainly house public services today, are the arches. The present capital is strongly influenced by the nostalgic and romantic Western European elements and the local style with the stone-built houses. A walk in the narrow streets, around the squares and along the tall buildings is a chance to experience the historical concept of Zakynthos island. The settlements that stay true to the typical architecture of Zakynthos are Keri, Maherado, Maries, and Volimes.

A Venetian Castle dominates on the hill above Zakynthos Town as well as some elegant mansions in the countryside, like the famous Sarakina house. The churches are characterized by bell towers attached to three-aisled basilicas. The most important church is the Metropolis of Agios Dionysios, one of the finest examples of Venetian architecture in Greece. One of the finest structures is the historical Argassi Bridge, built in the 19th century, and the Municipal Theater.

Visitors can enjoy their stay in many of the traditional hotels that have respected traditional architecture.