Alexander Roma Mansion
The Mansion of Alexander Roma is a building of unique historical importance, it was built in 1660 by the Vice Consul of England in Zakynthos a Robert John Geoffrey. During the period of the 'English Protection' it was used as the residence of the British governor and was referred to as the 'Residenza' by the people of Zakynthos. Then during the 1880's it was bought by Alexander Roma, President of the Greek Parliament and organizer of the 'Greek Red T-shirt' military unit with which he fought for the liberation of the city of Ioannina. From then and up until the Second world war it became the seat of one of the two major political parties of the island (the Roman party). The mansion has been a reference point of both cultural and political history. It suffered extensive damage due to the earthquake of 1953 but was then reconstructed.
When visiting the mansion and upon seeing the large and lavishly decorated rooms, the library with over 10,000 titles both old and rare editions, collections of family portraits, paintings, weapons and other objects and works of art one can imagine and admire how things may have been living within an aristocratic family.