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Stone arch bridges in Ioannina

You will see stone arched bridges in several parts of the county, samples of excellent technique by the builders of the area.

Their fame was spreading soon throughout Greece and Balkans and that is why we are seeing in many places of Greece (Thessaly, Peloponnese etc) bridges built by craftsmen of Epirus. Most were built during the period of Turkish rule by the need of communication between villages - mostly mountainous - since they had retreat in inaccessible places to escape the Turkish yoke.
The overall build quality was so elaborate and robust, that many of which are in use today.

The name usually it was given by the person who gave money for its construction (hence we meet names of benefactors or villages). Several times, there are two or three names on a bridge that took the name from those persons that assumed the cost of repairing, if it was needed.

The arched bridges have as their main characteristic the arch, which gives them the necessary stability and a special grace and beauty. The bridges are divided into several types depending on their characteristics.

The single-arched bridges were constructed in the places where the river banks had a short distance between and the ground was stable.
The multi-arched bridges were constructed when the distance among the points which they want to connect was relatively big or the soil was not suitable for attachment. At some of these, the bases were in the river, a hard and painful work, which needed the indispensable knowledge of the great art by the master builder.
Villages of the prefecture of Ioannina, which "give birth" to remarkable craftsmen, are Pyrsogianni, Molista, Houliarades, Pramanta, Plikati, Vourbiani etc.

Stone arch bridges in Ioannina:

  • Agios Minas
  • Vovousas
  • Liakotsoliou
  • Kalouta
  • Caber Agas
  • Kasimina
  • Klidonia - Voidomati
  • Konintsa
  • Kontodimou - Lasaridi
  • La Pountiga in Vovousa
  • Loli i Lakkos in Papigko
  • Misios
  • Milos
  • Noutsos or Kokoras
  • Paltsa
  • Petsioni
  • Petsioni in Fragkades
  • Plaka
  • Plakida or Kalogeriko
  • Tsipianis or Grevenitis
  • Hatsios

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Accommodation
For your stay in Ioannina Prefecture, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Ioannina town, as well as in many other areas of the county, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.


Access
There are regular bus routes (KTEL) to all regions or the prefecture as well as other capitals.

There are also routes to the island of Ioannina all year round.

You can also reach Ioannina by airplane. The flight lasts 45'.
For destination to Thessaloniki there are flights during the week with a flight duration of 35'.
Ioannina airport is 4km far from the center.

For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.


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