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The Bridge of Arta->Epirus->Greece

Discussion in 'Photojournalism, Candids and Street Photography' started by Panos Kazanelis, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. The most famous landmark of Arta is its legendary stone bridge which was built in 1602 and it spans with its beautiful arches the width of Artachthos river. The Arta bridge is a visual delight and for centuries it has acquired mythical proportions with numerous legends taking shape around its carefully placed stones. The most famous legend is the one that details the bridge's creation as an improbable feat in the midst of an endless cycle of destruction and rebuilding.

    An entire epic poem is dedicated to this legend, and it describes in lyrical terms how the masons built the structure all day long just to find that it collapsed overnight. With this process repeating itself for a long time to the desperation of the masons, only divine intervention could save the bridge, and it came in the form of a message from a bird. The building of the bridge according to the message required the personal sacrifice of the foreman's beautiful wife. The poem revolves around the foreman's conflict between his own tragic personal loss, and the resulting common good. The conflict resolves itself with the tragic death of the young wife as she unknowingly becomes victim for the benefit of the greater society. This epic poem has survived through oral tradition for centuries.
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    The term "the bridge of Arta" was coined after the legend and it is used widely in modern Greek to describe any endless process that tends to repeat itself in pointless cycles.
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  2. MontyDog


    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
  3. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Hi Panos,

    I have to echo Pauls words.
    Images are beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Job well done :>))

    Now where is that puppy :>)))
  4. Thanks Paul and Gale... indeed a very idyllic place.
    Lambros loved it, too!!! He used to swimm in these calm but very cold waters ... Ouf, I missed it already...
    Gale, I'm preparing a Lambros tribute... I'll post it one of these days...
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