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#106 Bridge of Politsa

 

It is an arched bridge that connects Ampelohori village to Fortosi village or else the municipality of Pramanta to the Municipality of Katsanohoria. It is situated in Politsa and is in very good condition. The date and cost of its construction are still unknown. However, we know that in 1874 the bridge underwent some maintenance work with money that was provided by Ioannis Loulis.

A modern concrete bridge has been built near it and on the same blocks to better serve the cars, which isn’t in harmony with the natural environment.

 

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It is an arched bridge that connects Ampelohori village to Fortosi village. It is situated in Politsa and is in very good condition.

It is an arched stone bridge that has two relieving arches. The length of the big arch is 23.50m and the relieving arches have a length of 7.70m each. The height of the arch is 13.70m.

 

 

The date and cost of its construction are still unknown. However, we know that in 1874 the bridge underwent some maintenance work with money that was provided by Ioannis Loulis. A modern concrete bridge has been built near it and on the same blocks to better serve the cars, which isn’t in harmony with the natural environment.

 

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Ampelohori

It is located on the NW side of Tzoumerka and borders with Pramanta, Raftanaioi, Katsanohoria and Chouliarades.

Ampelohori or Skloupo as it was once named is a picturesque village surrounded by junipers, ferns and vines. It features remarkable examples of traditional architecture, such as the church of St Nicolaus that is located to the west at an altitude of 1,100m and the chapels on the surrounding hills, the stone houses, the school and the community office and the stone picturesque stores of the village.

If you take a stroll in the village you will be impressed by the many cobbled streets, the bridges and the watermills and the paths that lead to the houses of Politsa, of Afrozoum and Alon Vret, of Stani, of Steno, of Papalia and of Kseropigado. The old barns and aqueducts, the terraces with the vineyards and the sheepfolds, the ruined watermill of Kitsos, the lovely house of Mpalomenos and the famous bridge of Politsa make up the beautiful village of Tzoumerka Mountains.

The village feasts on July 26, when St Paraskevi celebrates.

 

Fortosi

The village was built at an altitude of 860m and is 27km from Ioannina. It is part of Katsanohoria and has many fine examples of traditional architecture. The residents of the village are mostly farmers and ranchers. If you ever come to the village you should visit the Monastery of Faneromeni (1650) and the church of St Paraskevi. The monastery is situated on the homonymous hill, left of the road, in Fortosi. The church is big, a basilica with three aisles and a dome. According to tradition, the church was built by Kosmas the Aetolian. The church has murals that date back to 1787 inside.

 

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Directions: From Katsanohoria to the villages of Tzoumerka

 

Regional Unit: Ioannina

 

Community: Ampelohori

 

Location: Politsa

 

River: Aracthos River

 

Coordinates: N 39° 30΄43, 5΄΄ E 021° 00΄26, 8΄΄

 

Altitude: 389m

 

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