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The historical bridge of Plaka in Tzoumerka

 

The well-known bridge of Plaka, is one of the most beautiful, famous and greatest stone bridges that exist in Greece, with a bow of 40 meters opening. Also, consists of two small, supporting bows of 6 meters opening.

It has a total length of 61 meters, the central arch of 40 meters, the greatest height is 21 meters and the width on the top is 3,20 meters.

With its construction, make easier the transportations of the residents of the villages of the area that are build on the side of Tzoumerka that were forced to pass through Araxthos.

The historical bridge of Plaka is a masterpiece of folklore architecture, of an excellent technique worth of admiration.
It was built by Konstantinos Bekas in 1866. It is considered as the most beautiful bridge in Valkania and third in Europe.

The first attempt of construction is made at 1863, but fell down at opening day, in front of the surprised eyes of people there.

Another serious attempt of disaster happened from the Germans in 1944.

In a smal distance from the bridge is the old Xani that was signed the " agreement of Plaka" , between the organisation of Elas (the area was a border Elas- Edes from 1943 until 1944)

The period of 1881- 1913 Araxthos was a border of Greece with Turkey , today the transportation is happen between the bridge of new type, a little bit further than the new one. Still consists of the beginning of extraordinary routes with rafting or canoe at river Araxthos.

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1/2/2015 the historical bridge of Plaka was broken down
From the powerful raining the historical bridge of Plaka in Tzoumerka collapsed.

The prime minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras, after the conseption in the Center of Political Protection expressed his sorrow for the breakdown of the historical bridge and ensured that a team of the ministry of civilization from Athens will test all the historical monuments of the area, between others the historical bridge of Arta, also will conversate about the bridge of Arta that collapsed.

In shock condition

The residents of Tzoumerka were shocked about the collapse of the bridge that was a part of cultural heritage of the area.
Everyone in the area says that they were uninterested for maters of supporting the bridge.  The master Xarilaos Mitsis, says characteristically: "Today, happened the biggest crime ever, caused by apathy. I declared  many time the risk of breaking down. The last effort was last year at January, when i continuously asked for an immediate intervention ".

Source : skai.gr


Accommodation
For your stay in Tzoumerka, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Syrrako, Kalarrites, as well as in many other areas of Tzoumerka, 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
Access to several regions of Tzoumerka is easy and quick, although it might seem tiring to the ones that are not used to mountain routes. The topography of the landscape and the great location and the breathtaking view will compensate any fatigue.

Ioannina to Syrrako route  Route Map. The road route from Ioannina to Syrrako. The distance in kilometers and time that you will need to get there
Arta to Voulgareli route  Route Map. The road route from Arta to Voulgareli. The distance in kilometers and time that you will need to get there

The best way to explore, wander around Tzoumerka and discover its nature, sights, monuments and museums is to have your own vehicle.

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.αγητό επιθυμείτε.


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