ZANTE’S VENETIAN CASTLE
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Set above Zakynthos Town in the region of Bochali, you will find the ancient Venetian Castle of Zakynthos. This is a wonderfully preserved park area, well worth a walk around.
The exact date of construction of the Venetian Castle is unknown, but
it is estimated to have been built in 1480. The area of the Venetian
castle was built on the site of the Ancient Acropolis. During the
Venetian rule, the Castle was the capital of Zakynthos island.
The strong earthquakes that have frequently struck the island, have destroyed the fortifications so often that they had constantly to be rebuilt. The construction of the walls and the Fortress defensive system, which are still preserved today, was completed in 1646. The work was done by Venetian engineers and local builders, with great care and strong materials.
At that same time the main stone-paved road was laid down, running to
the coast. An important programme of conservation of the Castle was
carried out by the English in 1812 while they were in control of the
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