Bóchali Venetian Castle

Zakynthos, Greece

The Castle of Zakynthos was completed by the Venetians in 1646 AD and the Winged Lion of Saint Mark, a symbol of the Venetian empire, stands above the main entrance. In those times the castle was the seat and residence of the Venetian Proveditor, administrator of the island, and other officials. Due to time, war attacks and earthquakes, the castle was partly damaged.

When the British Empire took over the Ionian islands in 1812, the castle was reconstructed and new buildings were built, including barracks, powder stores and the house of the British Parliament.

Many churches were also found inside the castle walls, such as the Byzantine Church of the Savior (San Salvatore or Domo) that dates from the 12th century, the 14th century Church of Saint Francis, the church of Santa Barbara, the church of the Virgin Mary Laurentena and the church of Saint John the Baptist.



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Zakynthos, Greece
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Founded: 1646
Category: Castles and fortifications in Greece

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Sónia Esteves (7 months ago)
Great history about the building, unfortunately it will cost €4 pp and it doesn’t worth the time and money due to the poor state of conservation of the different buildings ( most of it in ruins) that aren’t preserved.
Warren Abrahams (7 months ago)
Most be one of the best views you'll see in Zante...and it's free! Small car park alittle further down the trial if needed and a cafe for refreshments.
Micu Valentin (8 months ago)
The Venetian Castle of Zakynthos is an absolute gem on this stunning Greek island. I had the pleasure of visiting recently, and it left me in awe. The first thing that strikes you is the fabulous ruins that stand proudly atop the hill. The castle walls and remnants of various structures have an air of history and mystery that's truly captivating. Walking through these ancient stones, you can't help but imagine the stories they hold within. One of the most delightful aspects of this visit was the free entry for students. As a student myself, it was a welcomed surprise and made exploring the castle even more enjoyable. It's a thoughtful gesture that encourages young minds to connect with their heritage. The old vibe of the Venetian Castle is enchanting. It's as if you're transported back in time. The narrow passages, weathered stones, and panoramic views of Zakynthos Town and the Ionian Sea create a unique atmosphere. You can almost feel the presence of the generations that once lived within these walls. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a student looking for an educational experience, or simply someone who enjoys immersing themselves in the rich history of a place, the Venetian Castle of Zakynthos is a must-visit. It's a remarkable site that not only offers a glimpse into the past but also provides a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Andrew Wilkinson (8 months ago)
4 Euro's entrance fee. Plenty of old ruins and fine views over Zankinthos. Was parched and hungry after walking from Laganas,, so disappointed to find the "refreshment" building shut.
Richard Hakes (8 months ago)
Our rep described it as "just a few old stones" and I suppose it is as its in poor state. However the walk up ok with views. It is Venitian as a solitary Lion testifies, but little of interest seems to have happened. I am guessing the 1953 earthquake is responsible for most else. You can get a drink in the village square again with views.
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