#37 Bridge of Arkoudas


It is a stone, one-arched bridge that has an outstanding historical significance, as in this on August 6, 1906, the Turkish army killed the Macedonian commander Captain-Bear and since then the bridge got his name.

Funding of the project was a Jew, Solomon Matsilis from Ioannina, and that's why in the past this was called "bridge of the Jew".

The bridge is in a very good condition and can be found, driving from Ioannina to Kipi, just before the Kokorou Bridge. Near it we find an icon, while previously there was also a watermill.

Construction characteristics


  It's located near Dilofo of Zagoria at an altitude of 738 m. It was built in 1806 with a sponsorship from the Jewish Solomon Matsili and cost 40 Napoleons.

It's an one-arched bridge with an arch opening of 9.60 m. and the height of its arch is: 4.40 (3.50 0.90) m. The deck's length reaches 19.60 m., while its width 2,50 m.

Additional historical, cultural and touristic data


Dilofo is situated, amphitheatrically, at the foot of two hills. North of the village and in some distance extends the Mountain of Tymfi and east the forests of Central and Eastern Zagori. The village is built at an altitude of 880 m. and is about 35 km. away from Ioannina.

The traditional stone mansions, the quaint cobbled streets, the stone fountains and the churches create an idyllic landscape. In the center of the village stands out a large tree and the building of Anagnostopouleias School, founded in 1855 by Ioannis and Dimitrios Anagnostopoulos.

At the entrance of the village, stands out a four-storey mansion of 13.5 m., built with white chipped stone, and the Church of the Assumption (1857) with the carved iconostasis and the frescoes.

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  It's located near Dilofo of Zagori.

Directions: Driving from Ioannina to Kipi, we find it on our left before the Kokorou Bridge.

Peripheral Unit: Ioannina

Community: Dilofo

River: Vikos

Coordinates: N 39°51'17,9'' E 020°46'27,3''

Altitude: 738 m.

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