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#101 Bridge of Raftanis

 

It is a double-arched bridge that is located below Kipina and is one of the oldest bridges of Aracthos River. It bridges Kalarrytikos River and is also referred to as the bridge of Stathmos (Greek for station). It was named like that due to the military post that existed there until 1912. The person who funded the construction of the bridge seems to be the abbot of the monastery of Kipina, Kallinikos. 

 

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It is a double-arched bridge that is located below Kipina and is one of the oldest bridges of Aracthos River. It has a relieving arch between the two arches. The main arch is semicircular and is 10.80m long and its width is 2.38m. The second arch on the right bank is 7.70m long and the relieving arch is 90cm long and has a total height of 2.23m.

The arches are made of schistose sandstone plates that are 15-20cm thick and 59cm long and they recede from the surface of the masonry by 3cm. It should be noted that the main arch’s foundation is embedded directly to the rock and is formed with concealed chambers.

The deck is uneven, 1.50m wide, 26.50m long and is located at a height of 9.20m from the surface of the water.

It bridges Kalarrytikos River and is also referred to as the bridge of Stathmos (Greek for station). It was named like that due to the military post that existed there until 1912. The person who funded the construction of the bridge seems to be the abbot of the monastery of Kipina, Kallinikos. 



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Raftanaioi

 

It consists of 21 settlements, which are both big and small, that are located on the eastern slope of a hill range opposite of Mt Strogkoula. The settlement is situated at an altitude of 960m on the southeast side of the Ioannina prefecture and is 42km from Ioannina.

Here you will find one of the most significant sights of the area of Tzoumerka, the bridge of Plaka. It stands out for both the technique that was used for it and its size. It was constructed in 1866 craftsmen from Pramanta whose foreman was Kostas Mpekas. It has a total length of 61m and a height of 19.70m. Its great arch, which is thin and graceful, is 39m long. From 1881 to 1912 the bridge was the border of the newly formed Greek state.

The monastery of Holy Mother the “Mouxoustiotissa” is also a significant site of the area. The monastery of Holy Mother the “Mouxoustiotissa” or as it is also called the Monastery of Plaka was probably built in the 17th century in Raftanaioi. It is located between the bridge of Plaka and the village of Raftanaioi. The exact date of construction of the Monastery is still unknown but according to a sign it was renovated in 1665.

The temple has an exquisite gilded wooden iconostasis and is full of murals that has sustained some damage and were possibly created in 1680. The murals of the narthex were made in 1694 and depict scenes of martyrdom, parables of Jesus etc. Currently the buildings of the monastery that have survived are the church (almost intact), the main temple and a part of the precinct.

Raftanaioi developed into 14 main settlements and 7 smaller ones that have a few families.

On your way to Kalarrytes you will find one of the oldest settlements of the area, the settlement of Christi that is located on the road that the caravans that went to Thessaly used and you will also find the impressive priory of Kipina, which is built in a cave of a cliff, right before reaching the village.

 

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Regional Unit: Ioannina

 

Community: Kipina

 

River: Kalarrytikos

 

Coordinates: 39 33 '52.92' N 21 07 '26.21' E

 

Altitude: 535m

 

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