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#164 Bridge of Gkoura (Lias)

 

The bridge of Gkoura is located outside the village of Lias in Thesprotia. It was built in 1940 (to replace the other one that was built in 1863 and was buried due to silting) by the Karampina family. There is a faucet named Gkoura and an old tree near the bridge.

Nomenclature: According to the Wallach-Greek dictionary: Gkoura means a mouth or the spring of a village (metaph. big mouth that spouts water). The name of the bridge comes from there.
 

Construction characteristics

 

  Arch Length: 4.10m

Arch Height: 4.60m

Deck Length: 7.60m

Deck Width: 2m

Condition: Good

Additional historical, cultural and touristic data

  The area is full of traditional villages that are located on the slopes of Mourgana (Tsamantas Mountains). The paths to the peak of the mountain aren't sign posted so it is hard to reach it. However, there are many that enjoy the beauty of the mountain.

The big springs of Laggavitsa (mother of water) is located on the eastern slopes of Mourgana and the place there has been modified to suit the visitors.

There are six stone bridges in the area (five arched and one truss). The monasteries of St George of Kamitsiani and of St Athanasios in Vavouri are (along with the monastery of Makraleksi that is on Mourgana) great religious attractions.

The monastery of St George of Kamitsiani is one of the greatest monasteries of the area. Although the date of its construction is still unknown, we know that it was renovated in the 18th century. The monastery was an important religious and spiritual centre and it was considerably wealthy. Currently, only the church of the monasteries is preserved and it serves as the parish church.

Many writers have written about the area of Mourgana, where deadly battles occurred during the civil war, and some of their work became quite famous. As a result many people were motivated by those scripts and came to visit the area.

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  Directions: Once you enter the Lias village from the side of Vavouri, you will find a square on your first turn. From the square, take the path that leads to the faucet and the bridge of Gkoura

Regional Unit: Thesprotia

Community: Lias

River: Ksanthos River

Coordinates: N 39° 45΄36, 5΄΄ E 020° 24΄21, 9΄΄

Altitude: 630m

Nearby Structures: Faucet

Sponsor: Karampina family

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