Bridges

#111 Bridge of Dramesioi

 



It is an arched stone bridge that was built in 1933 with money that was donated by T. Notis Botsaris. The bridge is located in a place called Megas Lakkos (= Great Pit), not too far from the village Dramesioi, and it bridges the Smolitsa River. It is still in very good condition after its repair in 2006.
 

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It is an arched stone bridge that was built in 1933 with money that was donated by T. Notis Botsaris. The bridge is located in a place called Megas Lakkos (= Great Pit), not too far from the village Dramesioi, and it bridges the Smolitsa River. Its arc's length is 4,90m and its height is 3,90m (3, 10 + 0,80m). Its deck's length is 15,60m and its width is 1,90m.

It is still in very good condition after its repair in 2006.

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The archaeological site if Dodoni

It was a religious center of ancient Greece where Zeus, the gods' father, was worshipped. We can find it in the narrow valley that is located east of Tomaros. Dodoni is known for its famous oracle which, according to a tradition, was the oldest in Greece. The archaeological studies that were done there confirmed that the site was used since the Bronze Age. The first god to be worshipped in Dodoni seems to be some sort of Earth goddess or some other female deity associated with fertility. Selloi, a part of the residents of Thesprotia, brought the worship of Zeus to Dodoni and soon the worship of Zeus was dominant there. The original sanctuary was open. The ceremonies were held around the sacred tree (sacred oak or beech), where, according to tradition, the couple of gods lived. From the 8th Century BC, when citizens from Greek cities migrate to Epirus' coast, a lot of stuff is offered to the sanctuary, mainly bronze tripods, statuettes, jewels and weapons. Unlike what was happening at other sanctuaries of south Greece (Delphi, Olympia, Delos), there wasn't any major construction activity in Dodoni, which is probably because it is far from the rest of Greece and from trade routs.

In the early 4th century BC, the first small temple of Zeus and three porticoes of Ionian style were built at the sanctuary. The precinct of Dodoni's acropolis, that was located further north on a hill, was also built then. During the reign of Pyrros, in the 3rd century, the sanctuary flourishes. It was during those years that the rest of the temples and other impressive buildings were built such as the theater, the parliament, the prytaneum and the stadium, where the Naia, races in honor of Zeus, took place. Aetoloi destroyed the place in 219 BC but it was rebuilt and it operated until 167 BC when the Romans destroyed it. Mithridatis VI Eupator, ruler of the Satrapy of Pontus and his Thracians warriors, dealt new damages to the sanctuary in 88 BC. The sanctuary operated in a different way during the Roman Rule and its theater was turned into an arena, which visited was by Emperor Hadrian around 132 AC.

Museum of Folklore of Meliggoi

It was founded in 1994 and is currently maintained by Theoharis Sakkas. The Museum of Folklore of Meliggoi is located 4 km from Dodoni, at the foothills of Mt Tomaros in Ioannina prefecture. Its conserver wanted to collect and save the cultural heritage of his homeland by keeping in the museum traditional tools, apparel, textiles, belts, kitchen utensils and furniture of an older era. The museum is located near the church and has three rooms. There is no admission fee at this museum. The hospitality of the locals is very impressive as they tend to offer tsipouro (=traditional Greek alcoholic drink) and local delicacies to the visitors of the museum. The Museum of Folklore of Meliggoi is open daily from 9am to 6pm.

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  Directions: You can find it in a place called "Megas Lakkos", before entering Dramesioi village

Regional Unit: Ioannina

Community: Dramesioi

River: Smolitsa

Coordinates: N 39° 33΄22, 6΄΄ E 020° 46΄00, 9΄΄

Altitude: 603m

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