A view of Zakynthos Town as we sailed into Zakynthos Harbor, Zakynthos (Island) (also known as Zante), Greece
Our first port of call in Greece was the island of Zakynthos (also known as Zante). The island has a turbulent history, with Romans, Byzantines, Goths, Vandals, Arabs, Franks, Venetians – even the French, Russian, Turks, British and Nazi Germany – exerting control at various times. Arguably, Mother Nature left the most lasting impression: a massive earthquake and resulting fire in 1953 flattened all but three buildings in Zanynthos Town. Zakynthos Town was painstakingly rebuilt (incorporating modern seismic standards) and retains much of its historic ambience.
A view of the southern end of Zakynthos Town with the severely eroded hills above the town, Zakynthos (Zante), Greece
Platia Solomou (square) adjacent to the harbor pier and Town Hall, Zakynthos Town, Zakynthos (Zante), Greece
Church of Ag. Nikolaos, adjacent to Platia Solomou (square), Zakynthos Town, Zakynthos (Zante), Greece
Platia Ag. Markou with the dome of St. Markes Church visible in the upper center of the scene, Zakynthos Town, Zakynthos (Zante), Greece