Bridges, bridges and more bridges

Coming from the UK, I’ve seen a few stone bridges in my time. Once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all right? Wrong. When I saw the traditional stone bridges in the Zagori region of northern Greece, I found it hard not to be impressed. The stonemasons of the area were real masters of their craft, hence why the bridges are still standing hundreds/thousands of years after being built.

Zagori bridge

The first bridge we came across was surprisingly thin in the middle. It made you think twice about walking over it just in case it collapsed. Alright, so it was nice to look at, but at the end of the day it was just a bridge. Nothing too special really. It made me wonder what all the fuss is about.

Until I saw what awaited us around the corner…

Kokkoris bridge

At least if the first bridge had collapsed when I walked over it, I would have only fallen about 2 metres into the river below. This bridge must have been at least 15 metres above the river’s surface, which as you can see was covered in ice when we were there. I figured that it if it was still standing then it was going to hold my weight. And hold my weight it did.

The next bridge we came across wasn’t as high as the previous, but it was more intricate. These locals really were show offs weren’t they!

Kipoi bridge

Comments

  1. Beautiful, strong bridges, and so like the ones in Albania! Not so far away, as I see from your description. Interesting that the people who repaired the mule tracks in Alonissos, down to the sea from the village above, were Albanian workmen. They seem to be the ones able to do this work these days; also quite beautiful.

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