"The island was Venetian from 1194 until 1797"
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Agios Georgios
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeAgios Georgios - Credit: Christos Vittoratos

The 500-year Venetian occupation left its mark on Cephallonia's architecture , agriculture, language and culture.   The Venetians were responsible for planting most of the island's olive trees, and encouraged the mass cultivation of grapes for raisins, a major export crop.

Sadly most of the Venetian buildings in Argostoli were destroyed in the war, or by the 1953 earthquake.  The Venetian fortress, Agios Georgios, still stands.