Photographer's Note

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 Arachthos 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.
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.
During 1881-1912 the bridge was the border between Greece and Otoman empire.
Technical characteristics:
Height 12.50 m, total length 145 m, span lengths 24.00 m - 15.80 m - 15.40 m - 15.20 m, number of spans 4.
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