Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos

The Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos is in Solomos Square. You turn right after the entering, ascend to the upper floor and cross the entire length of the building before descending again to the entrance. The museum houses a rich collection of portable icons, a true panorama of ecclesiastical painting from the Byzantine years to the 19th century, with about a thousand religious paintings by post-Byzantine, Ionia and Zakynthian artists. Works are exhibited by Damaskinos, Tzanes, Kallergis, and Tsonis. Although the older exhibits in the museum are characteristic examples of Byzantine art, the works of Panagiotis Doxaras (1622-1700), who studied in Venice, are naturalistic style and belong to the Ionian Island School. Dixara;s son Nicholas continued in the Western tradition, as did Nikolaos Koutouzis (1741 – 1813), whose works can be found in the  museum as well as in the church of Agios Dionusios. Templa (icons screens) from the churches of the Pantokrator and Ayios Dimitrios can be found in the Museum, as well as parts of the exterior of Ayios Andreas of Volimes. In addition, Hellenistic and Byzantine sculptures and statues are also accommodated here.

Other Museums

Another two worthwhile museums on Zakynthos are the Dionysios Solomos Museum and the Maritime Museum. The Solomos Museum houses the magnificent tomb of Dionysios Solomos (1798-1857) and that of the other great Zakynthian poet, Andreas Calvos (1792 – 1869). In the entrance is a piece of the holly bush on Strani hill in the shadow of which Solomos was inspired to write “Ode to Liberty” in May 1823 which later became the Greek national anthem, and his poem “The Free Beseiged” in May 1823. The rooms on the upper floor contain objects that had belonged to the great poet and other distinguished Zakynthian scholars as well as collections that have been donated to the museum.

The Verzayio Agricultural Museum

In the village of Pigadakia in the municipality of Alikes since 1998 operates a Cultural and Agricultural Museum named “Berzagio”. The museum exhibits the cultural and agricultural history of a tradition Greek, Zakinthian village, with rare items from all over the island, dating from the 16th century. Items such as agricultural equipment, village household utensils, furniture and rare locally created artworks are displayed.

There are two nautical museums on Zakynthos. The Ionian Island Maritime Museum is located in Bohali. You will have the opportunity to learn about the evolution of Greece’s nautical history over the centuries through the museum’s exhibits, which include a collection of paintings.

The Milanio Maritime Museum is located in Tsilivi. It contains unique watercolors that depict the progress of the Greek nation’s nautical history. This historic record is one of a kind on a global level, and includes nautical objects form famous ships and photographic material for the viewer’s delight and information.