Zakynthos Town

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Zakynthos Town: The capital and main harbour of Zakynthos is called Zakynthos Town, or Zante, and has a population of about 10.000 inhabitants. The town located on the eastern part of the island used to have a unique architecture influenced by the Venetians, the French and the English who colonised the island. However, the major earthquake of 1452 destroyed a big part of the elegant mansions and fine neoclassical buildings that used to embellish the capital.

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Today only a few traditional buildings and churches can be seen in the town. The new town was built on the ruins of the ancient one in an attempt to preserve the traditional architecture but this was only possible in a few areas, like the spacious Solomos Square.

The long waterfront extending between the Solomos Square (on its right) and the Church of Agios Dionysios, saint patron of the island (on its left) is the most popular and crowded spot of Zakynthos, lining with many restaurants, tourist shops and ferry agencies.

All the commercial and cultural life of the island is concentrated on the third parallel street of the waterfront. Solomos Square is quite large, boarded by some elegantly arched buildings. The square was given the name of the famous Greek poet Dionysios Solomos who wrote the Greek National Hymn. A museum was founded to celebrate the life and work of the poet.

The capital of Zakynthos also has a Museum of Post Byzantine Art which stands on Solomos square, as well as a museum dedicated to the life and work of the Greek novelist and play writer Gregorios Xenopoulos, located close to the Church of Agios Dionysios which stands on the left end of the waterfront. The corps of the saint is kept there, in a silver carved reliquary. The church also houses some beautiful and valuable wall paintings.

Another very interesting church of the town is the Church of Agios Nikolas of Molos, located on the waterfront. A Venetian fortress used to rise over the capital but today only the gate and the outer walls are still standing. However, the view over Zakynthos Town and its surroundings from this spot is astonishing.

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Villa Galanoussa

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Villa Galanoussa is a lovely stone villa in the area of Zante Town, the capital of Zakynthos Island. Its strong rustic character is an integral part of the building’s nature; indeed, Villa Galanoussa has so traditional a style because it was originally built in 1900, more than a century ago.

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Palatino Hotel

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Hotel Palatino is situated in the town of Zakynthos since 2001, a short distance from the city center , the position is in a quiet area, only 100 m from the seafront. It has 69 tastefully decorated rooms, 4 family rooms, and 2 junior suites all designed in such a way as to ensure a comfortable and ...

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Chris and Jo Private Villas

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The gentle blow of the summer breeze of Zakynthos. The blue of the Ionian sea right before your eyes. Luxury, tradition and amenities, all combined into two vacation homes. Welcome to Chris & Jo Villas, where you can live your own Zakynthos experience.

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Church of Agios DionyssiosChurch of Agios Nikolaos MolosVenetian CastleSolomos MuseumPost Byzantine Art MuseumChurch of Agios MarkosXenopoulos Museum

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  • olgapet 02 Sep 2008
    A town with great culture
    The town of Zakynthos is just lovely. Beautiful squares and neoclassical buildings, cafeterias with excellent views to the castle and many gift shops to stroll around. I especially loved Bochali, it is a suburb of Zakynthos with green trees and some hills to overview the area. Visit the houses of Solomos and of Xenopoulos, they will give you a good aspect of the town's culture.

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