#132 Two Bridges


On the road that connects the Hani Delvinakiou with Vostina, in place Dyo Gefyria, it's located the namesake bridge. The small viaduct connects the plains of the river Drin in a lowland area characterized by dense vegetation.

Its construction dates back to 1895 and is part of the road and bridge program which was implemented in the late 19th century by the Ottoman state.

The bridge is maintained in good condition, except the blacktop that the deck has suffered.

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  The road connecting the Hani Delvinakiou with Pogoniani, in place Dyo gefyria, is the namesake bridge.

It is a one-arch bridge with square opening and plane deck.

In the ruined edifice distinguish apsidolithoi (stones) who have thin features, while the remaining stonework was not built with the same care.

Additional historical, cultural and touristic data

  An interesting settlement is that of Pogoniani. Here, except for buildings which stand out for their architecture, are a series of buildings with great cultural value. In the traditional village there is the folklore museum of the area, which was founded in the 1960s. It was originally housed in the mansion of Leonidas Nouli, while in 1996 took place the inauguration of the new museum. The museum comes alive Rich tradition of the region, and derives useful information about the way of life of the inhabitants. The exhibits are courtesy of local residents and include for example: local costumes, embroidery, cooking utensils, objects of agricultural and pastoral life, wood carvings, and various tools. Among the exhibits, singles bronze, bilingual inscription of 1884, owned by Monopoly Service, which received the tobacco tax. Since August 2013 in Pogoniani is housed a Courier and Telecommunication museum, which houses historical exhibits around transport and telecommunications.

The area also houses institutions which stood out for social and intellectual activity. Important work was done by the child care center. The Foundation has worked for more than 85 years and hosted war orphans and unprotected refugees from Asia Minor.

Currently it hosts children from Northern Epirus, who are attending schools in Pogoniani.

In the area is located the Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Albanians of Greek Descent, which was founded by Mr. John Latsis. The Foundation contributed to the educational and technical training for young people in Northern Epirus, organizing schools and workshops geared to the practical training of students.

One of the villages that played important role in the development of the region is Delvinaki. In the traditional village distinguish major religious institutions, such as the central church of the "Assumption". The church was built in 1620, while expansion work took place in 1812. Inside stands out the carved iconostasis, a unique example of folk art, and religious map of the area to complete a series of temples, including the Monastery of St. John (17th c.) and temples Agios Athanasios (1790), Holy Archangels (17th c.) and St. Theodore (17th cent.)

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  Directions: On the road from Hani Delvinaki to Pogoniani

Peripheral Unit: Ioannina

Community: Hani Delvinaki - Pogoniani

Location: Megali Rahi

River: Drin

Coordinates: N 39° 58΄28,0΄΄ E 020° 24΄91,0΄΄

Altitude: 555 m.

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