Zante the third in size of the islands of the Ionian Sea, the green island of poetry, of song and love,
the native land of D. Solomos, the writer of the Greek National Anthem but also that of St. Dennis, the Patron Saint.
Rich in beauty and tradition, both historical and cultural, Zante is the “ideal” of any traveler with an exploring mind.
… When the ferry arrives at the port, especially at dusk, it feels as though you enter the port of Venice.
On the one side you will see the lit church bells of the St. Dennis Cathedral and on the other side the picturesque
Main Town with the snake like road to the hill of Bohali (2km) and the Venetian Fortress(3km).
The Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos
The Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos is situated in Solomou Square, in Zakynthos town.
Here you can admire a rich collection of hagiographies from the Byzantine times to the 19th century, Hellenistic and Byzantine sculpture and statues, and some beautiful icon-stands from the island’s churches. The Museum houses, the works of great Zakynthian hagiographers such as Doxaras, Koutouzis, Tzanes, Kandounis and Damaskinos.
The statue of Dionysios Solomos, National Poet of Greece
The statue is situated in the main Square of town, that got his name (Solomou Square).
He wrote the “Hymn to Freedom” that become the Greek National Hymn.
The Cultural Center of Zakynthos and the Library
TAnother imposing building next to church of Saint Nikolaos on the Mole, houses the Cultural Center of Zakynthos and the Public Library, one of the best in Greece with over 50.000 books concentrated.
The Library includes a small art gallery, small dolls with local costumes, photographic material and the historical archive of Zakynthos with codices and documents.