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Konitsa Apartments "Artemis"
ΕΟΤ: 0622Κ124Κ0037501
Tel: +30 26550 24774
Fax: +30 26550 24808
Informations: 6977668390
Stavros Evaggelou
email: artemiskonitsa@gmail.com

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City Hall: 26550 22191
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Buses: 26510 26286
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Aoos Old Bridge
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The Konitsa Bridge is a unique bridge due to its location and construction. It was built in 1871 and costed 120.000 Turkish lira. The builder was Ziogas Frontzos from the village of Pyrsogianni. This was the second attempt to bridge the Aoos river since a previous bridge designed by Turkish engineers collapsed.

The story has it than when Ziogas finished the bridge the Turkish engineers who had failed to complete the project asked him in which University he had studied and Ziogas replied proudly: "In the University of Pyrsogianni!"

The bridge stands in a spot where the Aoos valley narrows between the mountains, just before it comes out to the valley of Glytoniavista. Ziogas managed to span the river with a tall bridge that has a very high span. The material they used is local stone and the mortar consisted of graded ceramic tiles, lime, pumice, sand, water, dry grass(kourasani), sometimes adding animal hair to increase cohesion.

The road is very narrow, just 2 meters wide. It is curved upwards like most of the Epirus bridges. The road is cobblestoned and when it climbs up sharply there is a wide step with a slope upwards. The Konitsa bridge had a bell underneath that rings with the wind movement as it comes out of the Aoos valley. The ringing of the bell warned approaching travellers of the impending danger. The bell is still there!

The bridge builders tried to make the passage of the bridge safer and for this reason they placed "arkades" - stones placed verically on the sides of the bridge and later they added small balustrades.

The bridge is still in use, mainly by the locals and their animals but more often by tourists.