#98 Bridge of Kouiasa


It is an arched stone bridge that is located west of Kalarrytes. It bridges the Chrousia or “Kouiasa” as it is also called stream that comes from Syrrako. It was built in 1800 with money that was provided by the residents of Kalarrytes village.


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It is an arched stone bridge that is located west of Kalarrytes. It was built in 1800 with money that was provided by the residents of Kalarrytes village and underwent maintenance in 2006. You can find it when driving to Kalarrytes where you will see a sign that leads to the bridge on your left. It bridges the Chrousia or “Kouiasa” as it is also called stream that comes from Syrrako.


It is an arched bridge, which has a semicircular arc with a length of 5.37m, a radius of 2.88m on the right side and 2.73m on the left side. The construction of the arc and the other pieces consists of plates, slates and sandstone rocks of that region. The arc has a width of 50cm on both sides and is made of one-pieced plates.

The bridge’s deck is flat and has a total length of 18m. The height of the structure, when the pedestals are added, is 6.20 and the remaining part that goes up to the river is a vertical rock.

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The settlement was inhabited before the 15th century by Wallachs. During the period of the Ottoman rule, in 1480, it became the capital of a federation that consisted of 42 villages that belonged to the Sultan.

It is one of the most historic villages in the Ioannina prefecture and in the whole Epirus, too. Its prosperity during the Ottoman Rule was due to its special privileges when it came to taxes as well as the increase of trade and of the production of woolen fabrics and meat processing products which were the main activities of the residents of the village. Their products were sold at the largest trading cities of the Mediterranean and the Black seas (Italy, France, Spain, Odessa, Moscow, Bucharest, Belgrade, Istanbul, etc.). Syrrako held a long tradition of woolen cape production and it is believed that the army of Napoleon bought large quantities of them.



The Turks burned down the settlement in 1821, but it was rebuilt in 1825 and region flourished again.

It is located at an altitude of 1200m on the slopes of Mt Peristeri, northeast of the Priza peak (alt. 2017m). It is 52km from Ioannina and is classified by the president as a traditional settlement due to the impressive architecture of its stone houses. The houses’ main building material is stone for the walls and slate for the roofs.

There are many fine examples of traditional architecture in the beautiful village of Tzoumerka, such are the three stone bridges, Pounti Naou, Pounti da la More and the bridge at Siopato that welcome us at the village’s entrance, the renovated watermill and the Goura faucet.


You can find in the center of the village the church of St Nicolaus (17th century) with its beautiful iconostasis and its embroidered epitaph of Russian style. The church of the Holy Apostles is special due to it being hewn in a rock on the Priza peak. Also interesting is the house of the poet K. Krystallis that was turned into a library and a museum as well as the old boarding school that is now a hotel.


The traditional house-museum of Kostas Audikos is also worthy of your visit as there are exhibited old furniture, embroidery, textiles and the village’s traditional costumes  that take you back to older times.

Syrrako was the birthplace of many great men such as the poet Kostas Krystallis (1868-1894), the first constitutional prime minister of Greece John Kolettis (1774 - 1847), George Zalokostas (1805 - 1858) who was a poet and took part in the revolutionary army in 1821 also the chieftains Katsikogiannis, Lepeniotis etc., the benefactors C. Gianniotis, Sp. Baltatzis C. Ikkos etc. as well as many other men that were involved in arts, literature and commerce.


For the hiking lovers, Syrrako is the starting point the route Chrysa-Agios Athanasios- Koryfi that takes you to the Priza peak (alt.2017m) in about 4 hours of walking. Other paths start from the village and lead you to the springs of the Chrousia River in about 1 hour and to the Gkouiasa Bridge of Kalarrytes in 45 minutes. The well paved path, which is called “Syrrako-Kalarrytes stairs” and in some places is stone paved, leads to the neighboring village of Kalarrytes in about 1 hour by crossing the rugged ravine of Chrousia.

The village has accommodations suitable for sleep and tasty food.


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Directions: You can find it when going from Kalarrytes to Ioannina


Regional Unit: Ioannina


Community: Kalarrytes


Location: Kouiasa


River: Aracthos River, Chrousia stream


Coordinates: N 39° 34΄41,9΄΄ E 021° 07΄28,9΄΄


Altitude: 742m


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