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The Bridge of Hrysavgi




The Bridge of Hrysavgi car 


Beyond Morfi, Pramoritsa debouches into Palimagero, a stream rich in water that springs from Taliaros and passes quite near Hrysavgi. According to tradition, the single-arched bridge that is found here was built in 1854 and was founded by a thief, Nikolaos Zampros, from Polyneri of Grevena. The thief was notorious for his cruelty and had proven to be a real scourge for the villages of Voio and Grevena. During a pursuit by Turkish troops he failed to pass the flooded stream and asked of the villagers of Hrysavgi to hide him. When the Turks entered the village, the people of Hrysavgi denied everything. As a reward, the thief promised to fund the construction of the bridge and was possibly inspecting the project himself from the adjacent watermill. The master artisan was Nikolaos Anagnostis Tzioufas from Dilofos, who is said to have been constructing even his tools himself. The breast walls were made by Eythimios Zioulas and Athanasios Poulios from Hrysavgi, although according to another version these two constructed the project in its entirety.

The bridge is impressive due to its height, which reaches up to 9 meters. It is founded on both sides on rocky slopes at a spot where Paliomagero narrows sufficiently. Its length is 25 meters, its width 3 meters and the length of its arch 14.2 meters. In 1984. the bridge underwent repairs.

It is located in a 10-minute downhill walk from the square of Hrysavgi on the path that connected the village with Morfi and Pentalofos. The surrounding landscape has been turned into a recreation area. Visitors can also feast their eyes on the picturesque watermill, which was previously renovated. Behind the mill there is a large sluice, which creates an impressive waterfall.

The construction of the sluice was carried out on rocks and was considered one of the most difficult and demanding projects. The rocks were placed one close to the other, without a binder and the flow of the river was obstructed. The dam was hooked on pegs of hard wood, which were inserted in holes that were opened in rocks 1 meter deep and 20 cm wide. A 45 degree angle forced the water to a specific direction, towards the mill. There projects of traditional architecture defy both time and the roughness of the natural elements and maintain an impressive endurance and a fairy-like charm.

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