ZANTE TOWN – CHURCHES
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Saint Dionisios Church
The Church of Saint Dennis stands at the entrance to Zante Town - it is one of the biggest churches on the island and you will not miss the tall bell tower standing over the port as you drive through Zante Town.
Saint Dennis, as he is known in English, is the Patron Saint of the island of Zakynthos. He was born in Zante in 1546 into the Venetian ruling class – but all reports suggest that from an early age his character was very kind and he refused all of the advantages of his class.
After the death of his
parents, at the age of 20 years old, Saint Dennis donated his fortune to
his brother and became a monk in the monastery of Strofades, in the
south of the island of Zakynthos.
One rainy night, a
desperate man came to the monastery and asked for help. This man had
just committed a murder. Saint Dennis discovered that this man had
killed his own brother. Despite his personal sorrow, the monk provided a
shelter to the murderer and even helped him to escape the island, saving
his life in order to prevent another crime taking place. Local tradition
suggests that the murderer later returned and became a monk in that same
The monk died in 1622, at
the age of 75 and was buried in the church of Agios Georgios in the
Strofades, where he was ordained a priest.
Saint Markos Catholic Church in St Markos Square
St Markos Church stands
next to the Museum of Solomos and Kalvos in St Markos Square. It was
originally built in 1518, but was destroyed following the earthquake in
Zakynthos in 1953. Although it was rebuilt, St Markos Church is now
smaller than the original foundation church of Saint Markos.
Catholic services are
held at Saint Markos church during the summer month. Saint Markos church
is also used frequently throughout the summer for weddings in Zante,
particularly those of Irish couples coming to marry on the beautiful
island of Zakynthos with Zante Weddings organized by Tsilivi Travel in
St Markos Church is the only Catholic Church on the island of Zakynthos. The interior of the church is simply decorated with a very pretty ambience. St Markos Square has played an important role in the history of Zakynthos in that it was the meeting place for people to discuss ideas.
The Church of Saint Nicholas
Another interesting and
historical church in Zakynthos Town is the Church of St Nicholas of
Mole, or Agios Nikolas tou Molou in Greek. It is located at the bottom
of Solomos Square, over the road from the Zante port on the waterfront.
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