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Over the years the nations of France, England and the Venetians  occupied the Zante island of Zakynthos, and of course  very much influenced the style of architecture 

In 1953 there was a terrible earthquake in Zante, Zakynthos which destroyed many of the beautiful and original buildings around Zante Town and the wider island of Zakynthos.

Most of the destruction was not caused by the quake itself, but by fires started by gas stoves that were toppled during the earthquake. Nearly every building on the island was destroyed.

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the architecture of zakynthos island is really pretty with a venetian style

Architecture in Zakynthos has quite distinct features, influenced largely by the history of the island and the various foreign occupations  over the years.

During your holiday in Zante look out for comparisons of buildings influenced by the Venetians compared to the more traditionally Greek stone structures. The architecture of Zante, also known as Zakynthos, in the Greek Islands, has been influenced by the Venetians, the French and the English.

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Over the year all three nations have conquered and occupied the island of Zakynthos.

In 1953 an earthquake in Zakynthos destroyed many of the beautiful and original buildings around the island, including large manor houses, churches, and many neoclassical buildings.

Most of the destruction was not caused by the quake itself, but by fires started by gas stoves that were toppled during the earthquake. Nearly every building on the island was destroyed.

After the earthquake, the Zakynthian people worked tirelessly, whilst living in makeshift camps, to rebuild the island. Zante Town was rebuilt almost identically, replicating the original architecture and buildings that were lost.

Thanks to the determination of the Zakynthian people, Zakynthos Town is today one of the prettiest towns in the Greek islands, with the same Venetian ambience that it enjoyed before the devastating quake of 1953.

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