Saturday, June 15, 2013

Byzantine Bridge, #Arta, #Greece


Byzantine Bridge, Arta, Greece, originally uploaded by newmansm.

The Bridge of Arta (Greek: Γεφύρι της Άρτας) is an old stone bridge that crosses the Arachthos river (Άραχθος) in the west of the city of Arta (Άρτα) in Greece. It has been rebuilt many times over the centuries, starting with Roman or perhaps older foundations; the current bridge is probably a 17th-century Ottoman construction.
The folk ballad "The Bridge of Arta" tells a story of human sacrifice during its building. From the ballad, a number of Greek proverbs and customary expressions arose, associated with interminable delays, as in the text of the ballad: "All day they were building it, and in the night it would collapse."

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