The Republic of Venice ruled over the Ionian Islands from 1363 until 1797. It was followed by a brief Napoleonic era before becoming a British protectorate from 1815 until the union with Greece in 1864. The architecture of Argostoli was a reflection of all of these periods until WWII and the 1953 earthquakes. Then the town’s history was leveled and the remaining citizens had to rebuild their lives. Although all of the current buildings are less than 60 years old, many of them are still quaint.