Agios Dionisios Church, dominant at the port, is dedicated to the patron Saint of Zakynthos and it is a landmark not only for the town but for the whole island. The original church was destroyed in 1893 after a big earthquake that hit the island and was rebuilt as we see it today in August 1948 thanks to the Special Fundraising Committee created in 1900 to complete the restoration.
The Saint's sacred relics are kept in the church, transferred here from Strofades Monastery in August 1717. During your visit you will also have the chance to admire important ecclesiastical works of art, such as the Sacred Relics Urn made of silver, the silver-plated despotic images of the temple, the painting of Agios Dionisios Litany and the Agios Dionisios's woodcut and gold-plated room.
At the church museum there are works such as the four paintings by Nikolaos Toutouzis, from 18th century depicting moments in the life and miracles performed by the Saint, the byzantine painting of Mother Mary, as well as the Evaggelio by Georgios Diamantis Mpafas and the Evaggelio by Athanasios Tzimouris, both representative works of silver crafting.
The elegant spire of the church, about 40m tall with a conic top, was made to highlight the zakynthian particularity after the disastrous earthquake and the fire in 1953.