Zakynthos (Zante), Greece

A view of Zakynthos Town as we sailed into the Zakynthos Harbor, Zakynthos (Island) (also known as Zante), Greece

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

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

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

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

Platia Ag. Markou with the dome of St. Markes Church visible in the upper center of the scene, Zakynthos Town, Zakynthos (Zante), Greece

 

2 thoughts on “Zakynthos (Zante), Greece

  1. The earthquake in 1953 had the effect of Redevelopment projects in U.S. and was obviously salutary. I had the same thought in Berlin and Pyongyang, where the U.S. Air Force had the same effect as the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency in the Western Addition, making it possible for modern buildings to be constructed.

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