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Flood Takes Down Historic Epirus Bridge, Ministry Pledges Repairs

The stone arch Plaka bridge. Photo © Facebook - ΟΙ ΟΜΟΡΦΙΕΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ ΜΑΣ

The stone arch Plaka bridge. Photo © Facebook – ΟΙ ΟΜΟΡΦΙΕΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ ΜΑΣ

Repairing the historic Plaka bridge in the northwestern Greece region of the Zagori, which collapsed due to torrential waters on Sunday, is a priority the culture ministry said on Monday.

Ministry officials are drawing up a special report with damage reported to the edifice, which dates back to the 18th century and is the region’s only remaining single arch bridge.

Deputy Infrastructure Minister Christos Spyritzis told Mega TV on Monday, that restoration of the bridge is technically feasible, and that the National Technical University of Athens has already offered to undertake the studies required.

One of the widest stone bridges in Greece, crafted by local master Kostas Bekas in 1866, the 40-meter long Plaka bridge stood some 20 meters above of the Arachthos River, serving in the past villagers from the Tzoumerka region.

The ministry also announced measures for the preservation of the landmark once its is fully repaired.

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