#190 Saint Markos

Location

It's a single-aisle, timber-roofed basilica in Arta.


Construction Data

It's a single-aisle, timber-roofed basilica.

 

Historical Data

Dates back to 1770

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

The history of the region of Arta, long lost in the mists of time. The years of history are evidenced and certified by numerous classical, Byzantine and post-Byzantine monuments that one can encounter in a single trip, convincing and satisfying even the most skeptical ones about the grandeur of the area. The Wall of Ancient Amvrakia, the Temple of Pythian Apollo Savior, the Castle, the famous monasteries and churches (Pandanassa, Parigoritria, Panagia Vlacherna, Red Church, etc.), the famous bridge of Arta, the Little Theatre of Amvrakia, the Mosque Faik Pasha in Imaret, among many others, are representative samples of the aspect of Arta in time. Besides visiting the monuments themselves, there is the opportunity to visit museums and collections that with their exhibits encourage us to travel mentally, in enchanting Arta, over the centuries. These are the Archaeological Museum of Arta, the Historical Museum "Skoufa", the Folklore Museum "Skoufa", The Collection of Folklore Material P. Karali and the information center of Salaora.

One, beyond the historical side of the city, will discover the traditional villages with their great history (Peta Kompoti), unparalleled natural beauty (Agnanta, Vourgareli) with the springs, the bridges, the clear waters and breathtaking views. Also, one will know the ecosystems of the area and the landscapes of exceptional ecological value, as Tzoumerka, the Ambracian Gulf and the valley of Acheloos. These, will guide the visitor to the wild, majestic landscapes, important wetlands and intact lagoons and to the most important wetlands in the Mediterranean, respectively. Also, for further information, one can visit the old port of Arta with its imposing lighthouse, the Koprena, in which operates an Environmental Education Center and a Museum of Natural History.

Apart from the points and sights of cultural-historical-cultural and natural interest, the visitor will be able to take advantage of the impressive, huge, mountains that surround and embrace Arta, and its gurgling, crystal, rushing rivers, in the context of alternative tourism. Focusing on Tzoumerka, Arachthos, Amvrakikos, a wide range of choices unfolds in front of all interested parties.

Such choices are the water routes of Canoe Kayak and Rafting, in the artificial lake of Pournari in Neochori of the municipality of Arachthos and in Arachthos, respectively. Other activities, such as horse riding, cycling, climbing routes, hiking trails, Hang gliding, paragliding, and participation in Spa-Thermal Bath Tourism (Thermal Baths of Chanopoulo) and in numerous local traditions and customs (festivals, celebrations etc.), complete the range of activities of alternative tourism, offering new experiences in nature, as it is disclosed in its most primal form.

 

 


#191 The Castle of Arta

Location

One of the historical monuments of Arta is its castle.

 

Construction Data

It consists of three parts, the main fortress, two small external surrounding walls and the Acropolis. It has a shape of an irregular polygon which is interrupted every 25m by towers of various shapes. The walls have a thickness of 2.50m and a height of 10m.

 

Historical Data

It was built by Michael II Komnenos and the medieval physiognomy of the city clearly is reflected in it. The ruins that are preserved in the center of the hill are probably remnants of the Palace of the Komnenian while the small castle preserved at the left of the entrance was the last refuge for the besieged. Within this a prison functioned for many years. Here General Makriyannis along with his fellow fighters was imprisoned.

Inside the castle there is an outdoor theater that during the summer months cultural events are organized.

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

The history of the region of Arta, long lost in the mists of time. The years of history are evidenced and certified by numerous classical, Byzantine and post-Byzantine monuments that one can encounter in a single trip, convincing and satisfying even the most skeptical ones about the grandeur of the area. The Wall of Ancient Amvrakia, the Temple of Pythian Apollo Savior, the Castle, the famous monasteries and churches (Pandanassa, Parigoritria, Panagia Vlacherna, Red Church, etc.), the famous bridge of Arta, the Little Theatre of Amvrakia, the Mosque Faik Pasha in Imaret, among many others, are representative samples of the aspect of Arta in time. Besides visiting the monuments themselves, there is the opportunity to visit museums and collections that with their exhibits encourage us to travel mentally, in enchanting Arta, over the centuries. These are the Archaeological Museum of Arta, the Historical Museum "Skoufa", the Folklore Museum "Skoufa", The Collection of Folklore Material P. Karali and the information center of Salaora.

One, beyond the historical side of the city, will discover the traditional villages with their great history (Peta Kompoti), unparalleled natural beauty (Agnanta, Vourgareli) with the springs, the bridges, the clear waters and breathtaking views. Also, one will know the ecosystems of the area and the landscapes of exceptional ecological value, as Tzoumerka, the Ambracian Gulf and the valley of Acheloos. These, will guide the visitor to the wild, majestic landscapes, important wetlands and intact lagoons and to the most important wetlands in the Mediterranean, respectively. Also, for further information, one can visit the old port of Arta with its imposing lighthouse, the Koprena, in which operates an Environmental Education Center and a Museum of Natural History.

Apart from the points and sights of cultural-historical-cultural and natural interest, the visitor will be able to take advantage of the impressive, huge, mountains that surround and embrace Arta, and its gurgling, crystal, rushing rivers, in the context of alternative tourism. Focusing on Tzoumerka, Arachthos, Amvrakikos, a wide range of choices unfolds in front of all interested parties.

Such choices are the water routes of Canoe Kayak and Rafting, in the artificial lake of Pournari in Neochori of the municipality of Arachthos and in Arachthos, respectively. Other activities, such as horse riding, cycling, climbing routes, hiking trails, Hang gliding, paragliding, and participation in Spa-Thermal Bath Tourism (Thermal Baths of Chanopoulo) and in numerous local traditions and customs (festivals, celebrations etc.), complete the range of activities of alternative tourism, offering new experiences in nature, as it is disclosed in its most primal form.


 

 


#192 The Clock of Arta

Location

It stands proudly in the central square of Arta.


Construction Data

 

Historical Data

It offers its services incessantly over the last 350 years. The tall clock tower, has been extolled by many, because besides its ceaseless operation it is a special construction. The clock originally had Arabic numerals and was decorated with enamel.

The Turkish traveler Celepi mentions in his work: "... with a bell that is large, the sound is heard clearly from a distance of one hour. Such technically crafted watch, in no place other place it exists".

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

The history of the region of Arta, long lost in the mists of time. The years of history are evidenced and certified by numerous classical, Byzantine and post-Byzantine monuments that one can encounter in a single trip, convincing and satisfying even the most skeptical ones about the grandeur of the area. The Wall of Ancient Amvrakia, the Temple of Pythian Apollo Savior, the Castle, the famous monasteries and churches (Pandanassa, Parigoritria, Panagia Vlacherna, Red Church, etc.), the famous bridge of Arta, the Little Theatre of Amvrakia, the Mosque Faik Pasha in Imaret, among many others, are representative samples of the aspect of Arta in time. Besides visiting the monuments themselves, there is the opportunity to visit museums and collections that with their exhibits encourage us to travel mentally, in enchanting Arta, over the centuries. These are the Archaeological Museum of Arta, the Historical Museum "Skoufa", the Folklore Museum "Skoufa", The Collection of Folklore Material P. Karali and the information center of Salaora.

One, beyond the historical side of the city, will discover the traditional villages with their great history (Peta Kompoti), unparalleled natural beauty (Agnanta, Vourgareli) with the springs, the bridges, the clear waters and breathtaking views. Also, one will know the ecosystems of the area and the landscapes of exceptional ecological value, as Tzoumerka, the Ambracian Gulf and the valley of Acheloos. These, will guide the visitor to the wild, majestic landscapes, important wetlands and intact lagoons and to the most important wetlands in the Mediterranean, respectively. Also, for further information, one can visit the old port of Arta with its imposing lighthouse, the Koprena, in which operates an Environmental Education Center and a Museum of Natural History.

Apart from the points and sights of cultural-historical-cultural and natural interest, the visitor will be able to take advantage of the impressive, huge, mountains that surround and embrace Arta, and its gurgling, crystal, rushing rivers, in the context of alternative tourism. Focusing on Tzoumerka, Arachthos, Amvrakikos, a wide range of choices unfolds in front of all interested parties.

Such choices are the water routes of Canoe Kayak and Rafting, in the artificial lake of Pournari in Neochori of the municipality of Arachthos and in Arachthos, respectively. Other activities, such as horse riding, cycling, climbing routes, hiking trails, Hang gliding, paragliding, and participation in Spa-Thermal Bath Tourism (Thermal Baths of Chanopoulo) and in numerous local traditions and customs (festivals, celebrations etc.), complete the range of activities of alternative tourism, offering new experiences in nature, as it is disclosed in its most primal form.

 

 


#193 The Walls of Ambracia

Location

It is one of the most impressive monuments of Arta.

 

Construction Data

The largest portion of the northeastern part of the castle is built on the wall of ancient Amvrakias with striking gray boulders.


Historical Data

They date back to the 4th century BC and form the basis of the Byzantine castle and simultaneously one of the most impressive monuments of Arta. There have been revealed several pieces of wall scattered throughout the city during the excavations of ancient Amvrakias, the most impressive are the sections onto which the Byzantine Castle of the Komnenoi was built. The largest portion of the northeastern part of the castle is built on the wall of ancient Amvrakias with striking gray boulders.

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

The history of the region of Arta, long lost in the mists of time. The years of history are evidenced and certified by numerous classical, Byzantine and post-Byzantine monuments that one can encounter in a single trip, convincing and satisfying even the most skeptical ones about the grandeur of the area. The Wall of Ancient Amvrakia, the Temple of Pythian Apollo Savior, the Castle, the famous monasteries and churches (Pandanassa, Parigoritria, Panagia Vlacherna, Red Church, etc.), the famous bridge of Arta, the Little Theatre of Amvrakia, the Mosque Faik Pasha in Imaret, among many others, are representative samples of the aspect of Arta in time. Besides visiting the monuments themselves, there is the opportunity to visit museums and collections that with their exhibits encourage us to travel mentally, in enchanting Arta, over the centuries. These are the Archaeological Museum of Arta, the Historical Museum "Skoufa", the Folklore Museum "Skoufa", The Collection of Folklore Material P. Karali and the information center of Salaora.

One, beyond the historical side of the city, will discover the traditional villages with their great history (Peta Kompoti), unparalleled natural beauty (Agnanta, Vourgareli) with the springs, the bridges, the clear waters and breathtaking views. Also, one will know the ecosystems of the area and the landscapes of exceptional ecological value, as Tzoumerka, the Ambracian Gulf and the valley of Acheloos. These, will guide the visitor to the wild, majestic landscapes, important wetlands and intact lagoons and to the most important wetlands in the Mediterranean, respectively. Also, for further information, one can visit the old port of Arta with its imposing lighthouse, the Koprena, in which operates an Environmental Education Center and a Museum of Natural History.

Apart from the points and sights of cultural-historical-cultural and natural interest, the visitor will be able to take advantage of the impressive, huge, mountains that surround and embrace Arta, and its gurgling, crystal, rushing rivers, in the context of alternative tourism. Focusing on Tzoumerka, Arachthos, Amvrakikos, a wide range of choices unfolds in front of all interested parties.

Such choices are the water routes of Canoe Kayak and Rafting, in the artificial lake of Pournari in Neochori of the municipality of Arachthos and in Arachthos, respectively. Other activities, such as horse riding, cycling, climbing routes, hiking trails, Hang gliding, paragliding, and participation in Spa-Thermal Bath Tourism (Thermal Baths of Chanopoulo) and in numerous local traditions and customs (festivals, celebrations etc.), complete the range of activities of alternative tourism, offering new experiences in nature, as it is disclosed in its most primal form.


 

 


#194 The Western Cemetery of Ambracia

Location

Amvrakia had extensive cemeteries found in the western and eastern slopes of the hill Peranthis. The most important of these was the western cemetery along the ancient burial Avenue, the "Sacred Way" of the ancient city.

 

Construction Data

Amongst the most important funerary precincts in the mainland is Polyandrion, of 12.50m length and of 2.50m height, consisting of three pseudo-isodomic masonry blocks with limestone boulders framed with wavelet while an inscribed wall was part of its crowning achievement.


Historical Data

These cemeteries seem to have been organized early as the time the city's foundation.

The inscription, although partially preserved, probably refers to a battle between Corfu and the Corinthians with the involvement of Amvrakia, held in Arachthos River. Indeed in this inscription is preserved the earliest mention of the name of the ancient city "Anprakia".

Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

The history of the region of Arta, long lost in the mists of time. The years of history are evidenced and certified by numerous classical, Byzantine and post-Byzantine monuments that one can encounter in a single trip, convincing and satisfying even the most skeptical ones about the grandeur of the area. The Wall of Ancient Amvrakia, the Temple of Pythian Apollo Savior, the Castle, the famous monasteries and churches (Pandanassa, Parigoritria, Panagia Vlacherna, Red Church, etc.), the famous bridge of Arta, the Little Theatre of Amvrakia, the Mosque Faik Pasha in Imaret, among many others, are representative samples of the aspect of Arta in time. Besides visiting the monuments themselves, there is the opportunity to visit museums and collections that with their exhibits encourage us to travel mentally, in enchanting Arta, over the centuries. These are the Archaeological Museum of Arta, the Historical Museum "Skoufa", the Folklore Museum "Skoufa", the Collection of Folklore Material P. Karali and the information center of Salaora.

One, beyond the historical side of the city, will discover the traditional villages with their great history (Peta Kompoti), unparalleled natural beauty (Agnanta, Vourgareli) with the springs, the bridges, the clear waters and breathtaking views. Also, one will know the ecosystems of the area and the landscapes of exceptional ecological value, as Tzoumerka, the Ambracian Gulf and the valley of Acheloos. These, will guide the visitor to the wild, majestic landscapes, important wetlands and intact lagoons and to the most important wetlands in the Mediterranean, respectively. Also, for further information, one can visit the old port of Arta with its imposing lighthouse, the Koprena, in which operates an Environmental Education Center and a Museum of Natural History.

Apart from the points and sights of cultural-historical-cultural and natural interest, the visitor will be able to take advantage of the impressive, huge, mountains that surround and embrace Arta, and its gurgling, crystal, rushing rivers, in the context of alternative tourism. Focusing on Tzoumerka, Arachthos, Amvrakikos, a wide range of choices unfolds in front of all interested parties.

Such choices are the water routes of Canoe Kayak and Rafting, in the artificial lake of Pournari in Neochori of the municipality of Arachthos and in Arachthos, respectively. Other activities, such as horse riding, cycling, climbing routes, hiking trails, Hang gliding, paragliding, and participation in Spa-Thermal Bath Tourism (Thermal Baths of Chanopoulo) and in numerous local traditions and customs (festivals, celebrations etc.), complete the range of activities of alternative tourism, offering new experiences in nature, as it is disclosed in its most primal form.


 

 


#195 The Faik Pasha Mosque in Imaret

Location

It is the oldest mosque in the area, which now, after its conversion, serves as a church dedicated to Saint John.


Construction Data

It stands in a very good condition to this day. It consists of a square prayer hall, a minaret and pillar arcade, while around it were found looted tombs and inscriptions.

 

Historical Data

It was founded in the 15th century by Faik Pasha, who allegedly was buried there.

It is said that the decoration of it was curated by the Pasha himself, who removed materials from other monuments of Arta.

Near the mosque an imaret was founded, that is an orphanage, from which he rest of the region also took its name.


Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

The history of the region of Arta, long lost in the mists of time. The years of history are evidenced and certified by numerous classical, Byzantine and post-Byzantine monuments that one can encounter in a single trip, convincing and satisfying even the most skeptical ones about the grandeur of the area. The Wall of Ancient Amvrakia, the Temple of Pythian Apollo Savior, the Castle, the famous monasteries and churches (Pandanassa, Parigoritria, Panagia Vlacherna, Red Church, etc.), the famous bridge of Arta, the Little Theatre of Amvrakia, the Mosque Faik Pasha in Imaret, among many others, are representative samples of the aspect of Arta in time. Besides visiting the monuments themselves, there is the opportunity to visit museums and collections that with their exhibits encourage us to travel mentally, in enchanting Arta, over the centuries. These are the Archaeological Museum of Arta, the Historical Museum "Skoufa", the Folklore Museum "Skoufa", The Collection of Folklore Material P. Karali and the information center of Salaora.

One, beyond the historical side of the city, will discover the traditional villages with their great history (Peta Kompoti), unparalleled natural beauty (Agnanta, Vourgareli) with the springs, the bridges, the clear waters and breathtaking views. Also, one will know the ecosystems of the area and the landscapes of exceptional ecological value, as Tzoumerka, the Ambracian Gulf and the valley of Acheloos. These, will guide the visitor to the wild, majestic landscapes, important wetlands and intact lagoons and to the most important wetlands in the Mediterranean, respectively. Also, for further information, one can visit the old port of Arta with its imposing lighthouse, the Koprena, in which operates an Environmental Education Center and a Museum of Natural History.

Apart from the points and sights of cultural-historical-cultural and natural interest, the visitor will be able to take advantage of the impressive, huge, mountains that surround and embrace Arta, and its gurgling, crystal, rushing rivers, in the context of alternative tourism. Focusing on Tzoumerka, Arachthos, Amvrakikos, a wide range of choices unfolds in front of all interested parties.

Such choices are the water routes of Canoe Kayak and Rafting, in the artificial lake of Pournari in Neochori of the municipality of Arachthos and in Arachthos, respectively. Other activities, such as horse riding, cycling, climbing routes, hiking trails, Hang gliding, paragliding, and participation in Spa-Thermal Bath Tourism (Thermal Baths of Chanopoulo) and in numerous local traditions and customs (festivals, celebrations etc.), complete the range of activities of alternative tourism, offering new experiences in nature, as it is disclosed in its most primal form.

 

 

 

 


#196 Bridge of Arta

Location

The bridge of Arta is the legendary River Bridge of Arachthos


Construction Data

It has a length of 142 meters and a width of 3.75 meters. It consists of 4 arches one of which is a little larger. In between the large arches are smaller and perforated relief arches.

Coordinates: Ν 39°09?06? Ε 20°58?29?

Altitude: 4 m.


Historical Data

It took its current form in 1612. Over time the bridge has undergone many additions and reconstructions. Despite these different eras of its construction the building is an architectural masterpiece and blends harmoniously with the natural environment.

The way of its construction indicates the starting point of its history. Even from the pre-Christian years, ancient Ambracians created at this point a passage, a work which of course must have been improved during the Hellenistic period, when Pyrrhus made Ambracia capital of the state, and even later - in Roman times - with the blossoming of Nicopolis and the increase in commercial activities.

King Pyrros then allegedly built a bridge whose foundations still exist and are the basis of the present one. The pedestals of that bridge were built with large stones in regular with isodomic masonry, finial, so it reminiscent of the masonry of the Hellenistic mansions. This structure of the pedestals, in the view of the scholar John Tsoutsinou indicates that the bridge was built during the Hellenistic period, and probably is the work of Pyrros (3rd century BC).

On the these foundations, during the Byzantine period four large arches were constructed, in between of which their legs were inserted and as well to the distant parts of the bridge eight small arched openings.

Finally during the Ottoman occupation the pavement in the low curvatures between the arches was raised, to make the passage of it easier. Thusly, the construction of the legendary bridge was completed.

The bridge of Arta is not only a symbol for the great architecture, but also for its great historical significance. After the liberation of Greece from the Turks it was the border of the new state.

During the German occupation in 1945, the bridge suffered damage, as the Germans built on it an iron bridge, the weight of which shook the balance of the bridge and essentially destroyed its north side.

The final blow was in 1983, when the bridge was in danger to be torn down because of the construction of the dam of Pournari, but was rescued at the last minute. The continuous flow of water was stopped resulting in the surfacing of the wooden foundations of the bridge.

The legend and history of the bridge in front of the magnificent view come alive for the visitor. Well-known is the folk variant of "The Bridge of Arta", in which 45 craftsmen and 60 pupils build the bridge and rebuilt it, and it was getting demolished again and again. The song has 46 verses and 300 variants are known. Thusly, the legend of the Master Builder who made a human sacrifice was created, who buried in the foundations his own wife in order to build the bridge.


Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

The history of the region of Arta, long lost in the mists of time. The years of history are evidenced and certified by numerous classical, Byzantine and post-Byzantine monuments that one can encounter in a single trip, convincing and satisfying even the most skeptical ones about the grandeur of the area. The Wall of Ancient Amvrakia, the Temple of Pythian Apollo Savior, the Castle, the famous monasteries and churches (Pandanassa, Parigoritria, Panagia Vlacherna, Red Church, etc.), the famous bridge of Arta, the Little Theatre of Amvrakia, the Mosque Faik Pasha in Imaret, among many others, are representative samples of the aspect of Arta in time. Besides visiting the monuments themselves, there is the opportunity to visit museums and collections that with their exhibits encourage us to travel mentally, in enchanting Arta, over the centuries. These are the Archaeological Museum of Arta, the Historical Museum "Skoufa", the Folklore Museum "Skoufa", The Collection of Folklore Material P. Karali and the information center of Salaora.

One, beyond the historical side of the city, will discover the traditional villages with their great history (Peta Kompoti), unparalleled natural beauty (Agnanta, Vourgareli) with the springs, the bridges, the clear waters and breathtaking views. Also, one will know the ecosystems of the area and the landscapes of exceptional ecological value, as Tzoumerka, the Ambracian Gulf and the valley of Acheloos. These, will guide the visitor to the wild, majestic landscapes, important wetlands and intact lagoons and to the most important wetlands in the Mediterranean, respectively. Also, for further information, one can visit the old port of Arta with its imposing lighthouse, the Koprena, in which operates an Environmental Education Center and a Museum of Natural History.

Apart from the points and sights of cultural-historical-cultural and natural interest, the visitor will be able to take advantage of the impressive, huge, mountains that surround and embrace Arta, and its gurgling, crystal, rushing rivers, in the context of alternative tourism. Focusing on Tzoumerka, Arachthos, Amvrakikos, a wide range of choices unfolds in front of all interested parties.

Such choices are the water routes of Canoe Kayak and Rafting, in the artificial lake of Pournari in Neochori of the municipality of Arachthos and in Arachthos, respectively. Other activities, such as horse riding, cycling, climbing routes, hiking trails, Hang gliding, paragliding, and participation in Spa-Thermal Bath Tourism (Thermal Baths of Chanopoulo) and in numerous local traditions and customs (festivals, celebrations etc.), complete the range of activities of alternative tourism, offering new experiences in nature, as it is disclosed in its most primal form.

 

 

 

 


#197 Garoufallia Residence

Location

It's located in Arta.

 

Construction Data

 

Historical Data

The Skoufa history Museum is located in the residence Garoufallia. Many of the items exhibited are courtesy of the Skoufa himself, as is the building itself.

Visitors can explore pieces of the rich history and culture of the city.

More specifically: A tribute to Archbishop Xenopoulo. Are exhibited: 1) Hierarchical outfit. 2) Pectoral 3) Icons 4) Books and manuscripts 5) Photos.

Tribute to Karapanos: 1) Formal Uniforms 2) Badges

Live retrospection of the battle of Gribovo, extensive tribute to late Garoufallia, political and benefactor of the region, retrospection of the battle of Kommenou 1943, live representation of a picturesque street of Arta, representation of an urban house etc.

The library of Skoufa is housed in the back of the house Garoufallia.


Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

The history of the region of Arta, long lost in the mists of time. The years of history are evidenced and certified by numerous classical, Byzantine and post-Byzantine monuments that one can encounter in a single trip, convincing and satisfying even the most skeptical ones about the grandeur of the area. The Wall of Ancient Amvrakia, the Temple of Pythian Apollo Savior, the Castle, the famous monasteries and churches (Pandanassa, Parigoritria, Panagia Vlacherna, Red Church, etc.), the famous bridge of Arta, the Little Theatre of Amvrakia, the Mosque Faik Pasha in Imaret, among many others, are representative samples of the aspect of Arta in time. Besides visiting the monuments themselves, there is the opportunity to visit museums and collections that with their exhibits encourage us to travel mentally, in enchanting Arta, over the centuries. These are the Archaeological Museum of Arta, the Historical Museum "Skoufa", the Folklore Museum "Skoufa", The Collection of Folklore Material P. Karali and the information center of Salaora.

One, beyond the historical side of the city, will discover the traditional villages with their great history (Peta Kompoti), unparalleled natural beauty (Agnanta, Vourgareli) with the springs, the bridges, the clear waters and breathtaking views. Also, one will know the ecosystems of the area and the landscapes of exceptional ecological value, as Tzoumerka, the Ambracian Gulf and the valley of Acheloos. These, will guide the visitor to the wild, majestic landscapes, important wetlands and intact lagoons and to the most important wetlands in the Mediterranean, respectively. Also, for further information, one can visit the old port of Arta with its imposing lighthouse, the Koprena, in which operates an Environmental Education Center and a Museum of Natural History.

Apart from the points and sights of cultural-historical-cultural and natural interest, the visitor will be able to take advantage of the impressive, huge, mountains that surround and embrace Arta, and its gurgling, crystal, rushing rivers, in the context of alternative tourism. Focusing on Tzoumerka, Arachthos, Amvrakikos, a wide range of choices unfolds in front of all interested parties.

Such choices are the water routes of Canoe Kayak and Rafting, in the artificial lake of Pournari in Neochori of the municipality of Arachthos and in Arachthos, respectively. Other activities, such as horse riding, cycling, climbing routes, hiking trails, Hang gliding, paragliding, and participation in Spa-Thermal Bath Tourism (Thermal Baths of Chanopoulo) and in numerous local traditions and customs (festivals, celebrations etc.), complete the range of activities of alternative tourism, offering new experiences in nature, as it is disclosed in its most primal form.

 

 

 


#198 Pantanassa Monastery

Location

The Pantanassa Monastery is located on the right of the road Arta - Ioannina, just after Filippiada. Its ruins are located in the northern edge of the Prefecture, near Filipiada. It was founded in the mid-13th century by Michael II'.


Construction Data

The temple consists of a square central room, a sanctuary and a narthex, east it leads to three three-sided niches. In the central area, the bases of three columns have been found, evidence that clearly shows that the church was cross-in-square one, with a dome in the complex four-column type.

The masonry -of what the few salvaged parts of the walls allow us to know and conclude- has the features of temples during the reign of Despotate (great use of briquettes), similar was also the pottery decoration. In the middle of the north side of the church was found a pillar with sculptures of western style.

At the height of the sanctuary and in each side of the building were built two domed chapels. The southern one has been saved partly ruined and after the repairs it was and still continues to be used as temporary storage of the findings. There have survived poor traces of frescoes of the 13th century, unworthy of talking because they don't even allow us to form a faint image of the painted decoration of the monument. In the dome there are plenty of bricks as well as pottery decoration. It was dedicated to the memory of St. Basil. Recently, it was repaired and restored by the scholar Vokotopoulos.

 

Historical Data

The Pantanassa Monastery was one of the two monasteries, which were founded by the Despote of Epirus, Michael II' Angelos Doukas Komnenos in token of repentance to his wife Queen Theodora (later Saint) for misbehavior he showed towards her. Knowing that the other monastery was the one of Kato Panagia, we can place the foundation of the monument in the middle of the 13th century and particularly in the decade of 1250-1260. Serapheim speculates that the monastery was destroyed in 1692. An Early Christian pulpit that was discovered in the area of the monument indicates that there existed a church long before the 13th century.

In 1971 the dense vegetation that was covering the monument was cleared and the thick layer of backfill removed, so it was revealed the outline of the buildings of the monastery. During excavations were found many damaged sculptures and pottery, which were transferred to the archaeological repository of Arta. The most important one of the sculptures is a mutilated head of a bearded man, with clear features of western style. In one of the pillars of the temple was found rough carved the name "Io[annis] Despo[tis] Spatas", evidence that shows that also in the 14th century was used as a church of the Albanians Despots of Arta. Finally, the remains of walls and from other buildings of the monastery have been found. Today, the once large and thriving royal monastery of Pantanassa lies in ruins in the valley of Lourou suggesting - albeit with its tragic presence- the brilliance of its old grandeur.


Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

Η ιστορία της περιοχής της Άρτας, μακραίωνη, χάνεται στα βάθη των αιώνων. Τα χρόνια ιστορίας της καταμαρτυρούνται και πιστοποιούνται από τα πολυάριθμα κλασσικά, βυζαντινά και μεταβυζαντινά μνημεία που συναντά κανείς σε μία απλή βόλτα πείθοντας και ικανοποιώντας και τους πιο δύσπιστους για το μεγαλείο της περιοχής. Το Τείχος της Αρχαίας Αμβρακίας, ο Ναός του Απόλλωνα Πύθιου Σωτήρα, το Κάστρο, οι περίφημες μονές και εκκλησίες (Παντάνασσα, Παρηγορήτρια, Παναγία Βλαχέρνα, Κόκκινη Εκκλησία κ.α.), το ξακουστό γεφύρι της Άρτας, το Μικρό Θέατρο Αμβρακίας, το Τζαμί Φαϊκ Πασά στο Ιμαρέτ, μεταξύ πολλών άλλων, αποτελούν αντιπροσωπευτικά δείγματα της όψης της Άρτας διαχρονικά. Εκτός από την επίσκεψη στα ίδια τα μνημεία, υπάρχει η δυνατότητα επίσκεψης μουσείων και συλλογών, που με τα εκθέματά τους μας ταξιδεύουν νοερά, στη μαγευτική Άρτα, ανά τους αιώνες. Σε αυτά συμπεριλαμβάνονται το Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Άρτας, το Ιστορικό Μουσείο "Σκουφά", το Λαογραφικό μουσείο "Σκουφά", η Συλλογή Λαογραφικού Υλικού Π.Καραλή και το κέντρο πληροφόρησης Σαλαώρας.

Ο επισκέπτης, πέραν της ιστορικής πλευράς της πόλης, θα ανακαλύψει τους Παραδοσιακούς οικισμούς με τη σπουδαία ιστορία τους (Πέτα, Κομπότι), την απαράμιλλη φυσική ομορφιά τους (Άγναντα, Βουργαρέλι) με τις πηγές, τα γεφύρια, τα γάργαρα νερά και τη μαγευτική θέα. Επίσης, θα γνωρίσει τα οικοσυστήματα της περιοχής και τα τοπία ιδιαίτερης οικολογικής αξίας, όπως τα Τζουμέρκα, τον Αμβρακικό Κόλπο και την κοιλάδα του Αχελώου. Αυτά, με τη σειρά τους, θα τον ξεναγήσουν στα άγρια, επιβλητικά τοπία, σε σημαντικούς υγρότοπους και ακέραιες λιμνοθάλασσες και στους σημαντικότερους υγροβιότοπους της Μεσογείου, αντίστοιχα. Επίσης, για μια περαιτέρω ενημέρωση σχετικά, μπορεί κανείς να επισκεφτεί το παλιό λιμάνι της Άρτας με τον επιβλητικό φάρο, την Κόπραινα, στην οποία λειτουργεί Κέντρο Περιβαλλοντικής Εκπαίδευσης και Μουσείο Φυσικής Ιστορίας.

Εκτός όμως από τα σημεία και αξιοθέατα ιστορικού-πολιτιστικού-πολιτισμικού και φυσιολατρικού ενδιαφέροντος, ο επισκέπτης θα μπορέσει να εκμεταλλευτεί τους επιβλητικούς, τεράστιους, ορεινούς όγκους, που περιτριγυρίζουν και αγκαλιάζουν την Άρτα, καθώς και τα γάργαρα, κρυστάλλινα, ορμητικά νερά των ποταμών της, στα πλαίσια του εναλλακτικού τουρισμού. Με επίκεντρο τα Τζουμέρκα, τον Άραχθο, τον Αμβρακικό, ένα ευρύ φάσμα επιλογών ξεδιπλώνεται μπροστά στα μάτια κάθε ενδιαφερόμενου.

Τέτοιες επιλογές αποτελούν οι υδάτινες διαδρομές Canoe Cayak και Rafting, στην τεχνητή λίμνη Πουρναρίου, στο Νεοχώρι του Δήμου Αράχθου και στον Άραχθο, αντίστοιχα. Άλλες δραστηριότητες, όπως η Ιππασία, η Ποδηλασία, οι ορειβατικές διαδρομές, οι περιπατητικές διαδρομές, ο Αερωπτερισμός, το αλεξίπτωτο πλαγιάς, και η συμμετοχή επισκεπτών στον Ιαματικό Τουρισμό (Ιαματικά Λουτρά Χανόπουλου) και στις πολυάριθμες τοπικές παραδόσεις και έθιμα (πανηγύρια, εορτασμοί κ.α.), ολοκληρώνουν τη γκάμα των δραστηριοτήτων του εναλλακτικού τουρισμού, προσφέροντας πρωτόγνωρες εμπειρίες μέσα στη φύση, όπως αυτή αποκαλύπτεται στην πιο αρχέγονη μορφή της.

 

 

 

 


#200 Panagia Rodias

Location

Situated in an idyllic location on the banks of the homonymous lagoon, west of Arta and near the village of Vigla.


Construction Data

The church is a stone roof with visible effort of the craftsman to stress on its roof the shape of the cross. The domes of the cross antenna "cross" appear externally as pediments contributing to the external diversity of the whole. The masonry is very careful in the corners, with unique exterior decoration, simple dentil cornices of the main building and next to the eaves of the dome and the sanctuary. It is evident in the masonry that the square narthex was added later, but certainly before 1884, since that year it was decorated it.

Inside the church the walls are full of frescoes preserved in very good condition. According to the inscription on the inside lintel of the south entrance, the illustration was made in 1884 from Samarinas painters and presents the famous during the Ottoman occupation, layout to zones, with saints below, medallions of saints in the middle and upper zones evangelical scenes or scenes from the calendar. In terms of style the compositions exhibit vivid colors, slender faces with bland expressions that do not resemble the known severity of the Byzantine, but rather approaching chionaditiki hagiographic tradition. Generally the church of Panagia Rodia, although it is relatively new construction, is a remarkable architectural and hagiographic monument.

 

Historical Data

We do not yet exactly know the founding years of the original church. According to Serafim Xenopoulos in this position was founded stavropegic monastery in the year 970, when Emperor in Constantinople was John Tzimisces and Patriarch Basil. In this case we have no reason to doubt the reliability of his information of Seraphim, first because it gives concrete evidence and then because of the information derived -as he writes- from ancient manuscripts that were in the monastery and unfortunately not preserved today.

From the same source we learn that the monastery was flourishing and was in possession of several estates, farm and four dependencies, including the Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos of Rodia in Kirkizates. Because the monastery pioneered many years ago in the struggle against the Turks, was frequently the object of barbaric invasions, until the years of the rebellion destroyed. The properties seized from the Turks, the church was ruined and so remained until 1860, when in the position of the truly beauteous present church was built. This is great one roomed, cross-roofed vaulted basilica with also vaulted narthex and a very small diameter slender dome that offers elegance and grace. The peculiar dome is the characteristic feature. It is only in ecclesiastical architecture of Epirus and this raises the importance of the whole monument.


Additional information of historical, cultural and tourism interest

The history of the region of Arta, long lost in the mists of time. The years of history are evidenced and certified by numerous classical, Byzantine and post-Byzantine monuments that one can encounter in a single trip, convincing and satisfying even the most skeptical ones about the grandeur of the area. The Wall of Ancient Amvrakia, the Temple of Pythian Apollo Savior, the Castle, the famous monasteries and churches (Pandanassa, Parigoritria, Panagia Vlacherna, Red Church, etc.), the famous bridge of Arta, the Little Theatre of Amvrakia, the Mosque Faik Pasha in Imaret, among many others, are representative samples of the aspect of Arta in time. Besides visiting the monuments themselves, there is the opportunity to visit museums and collections that with their exhibits encourage us to travel mentally, in enchanting Arta, over the centuries. These are the Archaeological Museum of Arta, the Historical Museum "Skoufa", the Folklore Museum "Skoufa", The Collection of Folklore Material P. Karali and the information center of Salaora.

One, beyond the historical side of the city, will discover the traditional villages with their great history (Peta Kompoti), unparalleled natural beauty (Agnanta, Vourgareli) with the springs, the bridges, the clear waters and breathtaking views. Also, one will know the ecosystems of the area and the landscapes of exceptional ecological value, as Tzoumerka, the Ambracian Gulf and the valley of Acheloos. These, will guide the visitor to the wild, majestic landscapes, important wetlands and intact lagoons and to the most important wetlands in the Mediterranean, respectively. Also, for further information, one can visit the old port of Arta with its imposing lighthouse, the Koprena, in which operates an Environmental Education Center and a Museum of Natural History.

Apart from the points and sights of cultural-historical-cultural and natural interest, the visitor will be able to take advantage of the impressive, huge, mountains that surround and embrace Arta, and its gurgling, crystal, rushing rivers, in the context of alternative tourism. Focusing on Tzoumerka, Arachthos, Amvrakikos, a wide range of choices unfolds in front of all interested parties.

Such choices are the water routes of Canoe Kayak and Rafting, in the artificial lake of Pournari in Neochori of the municipality of Arachthos and in Arachthos, respectively. Other activities, such as horse riding, cycling, climbing routes, hiking trails, Hang gliding, paragliding, and participation in Spa-Thermal Bath Tourism (Thermal Baths of Chanopoulo) and in numerous local traditions and customs (festivals, celebrations etc.), complete the range of activities of alternative tourism, offering new experiences in nature, as it is disclosed in its most primal form.