You may be visiting Fiskardo for the first time in your life, but you may be one of those who have been there before, even for a while. But no matter how many years pass, no matter how many things have changed, you will find that the reality is that if you look better, you will find those similarities that will make you say that, yes, at first glance everything seems to be different.
But it’s not the same as it was then, like the first time you were there. After all, it’s as if not a single day has passed λοιπόν So this is one of the reasons why the beautiful Fiskardo has become known all over the world. And it may have been combined with a high-end cosmopolitan resort, with a really delicious cuisine with traditional Kefalonian dishes, but in reality it is much more than that. One could compare it to a time machine. We are in the 21st century, but a walk through its alleys has the potential to take you back three centuries, to the time when the first houses appeared among the lush nature overlooking the vibrant Ionian Sea.
Crimson roofs and narrow balconies painted in various bright colors, between narrow alleys with flowery courtyards that end where the heart of Fiskardo beats; guards at the entrance of the port. And the small floating fishing boats may have been replaced by various types of boats over the years, from stunning yachts, high-level sailboats, to small inflatable boats, but all meet at the entrance, with the two beautiful stone stones in the lighthouse edge of the settlement, on the northwest coast of Kefalonia, very close to each other.
An “old” and a “new”… Built by Venetian conquerors in the 16th century and renovated two years ago, the “old” lighthouse, or “Venetian”, even desert, does not cease to impress its visitor. With a cylindrical tower in the shape of an ancient column, surrounding wall-fence at a height of two meters and the remains of the Venetian constructions of the lighthouse keeper’s house, to stand in very good condition, the visitor of the old stone lighthouse can only be transported to another era.
From this point on, it can also admire a completely different view of the traditional settlement and the picturesque harbor with its wonderful colors. As for the other stone lighthouse, which stands a few meters away, it was built in 1892 and rebuilt after the 1953 earthquakes, to replace the “old” lighthouse, with a square tower this time 14.2 meters high and a focal height of 28 meters.
So there are two lighthouses, but one is history and the first, since today is the only case in Greece where at the same point we find two wonderful lighthouse constructions. As for their significance, they have been important throughout the history of Kefalonia, especially since the Venetian rule and later, since the inland port is very narrow for large ships, but with satisfactory depth. Thus, small fleets of Venetian galleys found an anchorage southwest of the lighthouse. As for Fiskardo, it was the main export port of the whole area of Erissos, from where all the products were loaded (raisins, wine, oil, etc.).
Fiskardo is considered one of the most beautiful ports in Greece. Known during the Roman Period as Panormos, it takes its current name from the Norman Crusader Roberto Giscardo who tried to occupy it in 1084, while he died on June 17 of the following year while aboard the ship he was in. port.
So we understand, that everything in this beautiful preserved settlement has a constant value that no “earthquake” can level as destructive as it is… just like the constant value that occupies the place in the heart of every visitor. And yes… you will find that it is as if not a day has passed since then…
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