Bridges

#66 Bridge of Plakidas

 

Near the villages Kipi and Koukouli of the central Zagori, above the Bagiotiko stream we find, maybe the most famous bridge of Zagori, the three-arched bridge of Plakida or Kalogeriko. It is an outstanding monument of folk architecture and remains to this day well maintained. Beyond its cultural significance the bridge contributed significantly to the quality of life of residents of the two villages. The bridge served the residents of Koukouli in their movement and in their agricultural works. It also helped the inhabitants of the villages opposite to it, to come to the mill to grind.

This bridge is an impressive structure, in which owes its great reputation.

The surface of the crossing of the bridge is followed by three arches and that gives a feel of rhythmic motion. Many have even described it as a "moving caterpillar".
 

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  Of the few remaining three-arched bridges in Zagori. It is an impressive structure, in which owes its great reputation. It's located in Zagori, near the village Kipi (Bagia), but in a location that is owned by Koukouli, built at an altitude of 754 m.

The bridge was constructed in 1814 and was originally a wooden structure. Its sponsor was Zotos Roussis, who spent about 8,000 piasters for its construction.

Although originally wooden, the bridge soon turned to stone after 20,000 piasters were sponsored by the abbot of the monastery of Kipi (Prophet Elijah), Seraphim. Tha's why is name is "Kalogeriko".

In 1865 it was restored by Kouloukiotis Alexis Plakidas and his brother Andreas, from where it took its second name. There is even a sign for its repair.

The surface of the crossing of the bridge, which reaches 56.00 m. follows the three arches thus giving the feel of a rhythmic motion. Its width amounts to 3.15 m. The opening of its arches is 15.00 m. of the big one, 13.50 m. of the middle and 11.20 m. of the smaller one. Finally, the height of its arches is estimated at 6.70 m - 6,00 m. - 4.80 m. respectively.

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  Koukouli

One of the jewels of Zagori, the village Koukouli is located at an altitude of 900 m. and built amphitheatrically on the green hillside. The village is crossed by two main cobbled streets that end in a place called Aloni..

In the village you can visit the Church of the Assumption, one of the most beautiful churches in the area, and the Church of the Life Giving Spring, on the northeast side of the Old School. The complex includes five fountains. The most significant of these is the fountain of Basia-Manthou (1771), the Sternum, the Mesia and Chatzi Vritsi fountain, built in 1758.

The village also has beautiful stone and well-preserved mansions, the most notable of which are the mansions of the G. Kokkoros, Th. Anastasiadis, M. Papavasiliou (1842), the brothers Svolou (1784), the brothers Makris etc. The most impressive is the mansion of Plakidas. The Mansion of Plakidas in Koukouli, is an exemplifying architecture sample of Zagori and one of the most famous mansions of the entire region.

Do not forget to also visit the Cultural Center- Botanical Museum of Rizareiou Church School Kostas Lazaridis. The museum houses the famous botanical collection, the library (3,000 volumes), letters, documents, manuscripts, unpublished folklore texts, old newspapers, collection of minerals and rocks, photographs, stamps, tapes with ethnographic and folklore material and personal items of Kostas Lazaridis . It is housed in the family home of Mr. Lazaridis, that was donated to Rizarios Foundation.

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Kalogeriko or Plakida's Bridge is located in Zagori, near the village Kipi (Bagia), but in a location that is owned by the village Koukouli.

Directions: Before we arrive in the village Kipi, coming from Ioannina, we look down on our right, where we are going for sure to see this beautiful bridge.

Prefecture: Ioannina

Community: Koukouli

River: Vikos

Coordinates: N 39°51'41,8'' E 020°47'10,9''

Altitude: 745 m.

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