They are diamonds of folk art, blending beautifully with their surrounding environment. Sometimes right in front of our eyes, next to modern roads and bridges. Others lost in mythical landscapes that make your mind travel to the eras of elves and fairies.

The old stone bridges of Northern Greece were built by craftsmen, the old Masters of the stones (or "Mastoroi" as they are called in Greek), experienced workers and artists of stone-processing, usually with no architectural or engineering studies. But today their works have a "scent of History", the oldest stone bridge of this collection was built around 500 A.D. Mastoroi knew how to build magnificent and lasting structured, some bridges of this collection are still in use.

I would like to point out one bridge specifically, the Pasha stone bridge, the only one of this collection that is no longer standing. One of the largest stone bridges that ever existed in Greece (built around 1690), it was one of the many old bridges on Aliakmon, the largest river in Greece. All other bridges were "taken" by the wild river waters at various history points. This one lasted until the World War 2 (April 1941), when English and New Zealand's allied armies had to destroy the bridge's pedestals to stop the Germans from passing it. This bridge IS a hero of war. Since then, the following generations failed to restore it. My hope is that future generations will recognize its value and restore it to its glory.

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#1 Palaiokarya Bridge, Trikala. Built Around 1500

Palaiokarya Bridge, Trikala. Built Around 1500

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#2 Kalogeriko Bridge, Ioannina. Built 1814

Kalogeriko Bridge, Ioannina. Built 1814

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Fotini Avgerinou 1 year ago

that is so beautiful!!!

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#3 Katsogiannis Bridge, Grevena. Built Around 1800

Katsogiannis Bridge, Grevena. Built Around 1800

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#4 Dotsiko Bridge, Grevena. Built 1804

Dotsiko Bridge, Grevena. Built 1804

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#5 Aziz Agha Bridge, Grevena. Built 1727

Aziz Agha Bridge, Grevena. Built 1727

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#6 In Action, At The Magnificent Palaiokarya Bridge

In Action, At The Magnificent Palaiokarya Bridge

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#7 Kastro Bridge, Grevena. Built Before 1850

Kastro Bridge, Grevena. Built Before 1850

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#8 Klidonia Bridge, Ioannina. Built 1853

Klidonia Bridge, Ioannina. Built 1853

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#9 Gavou Bridge, Grevena. Built Before 1900

Gavou Bridge, Grevena. Built Before 1900

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#10 Ziakas Bridge, Grevena. Built Around 1900

Ziakas Bridge, Grevena. Built Around 1900

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#11 Pramoritsa Bridge, Grevena (Photo Composition). Built 1770

Pramoritsa Bridge, Grevena (Photo Composition). Built 1770

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#12 Pylaia Bridge, Thessaloniki. Built Around 500 A.d.

Pylaia Bridge, Thessaloniki. Built Around 500 A.d.

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#13 Noutsos Bridge, Ioannina. Built 1750

Noutsos Bridge, Ioannina. Built 1750

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#14 Konitsa Bridge, Ioannina. Built 1871

Konitsa Bridge, Ioannina. Built 1871

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#15 Pasha (Aliakmon) Bridge Ruins, Grevena. Built 1690

Pasha (Aliakmon) Bridge Ruins, Grevena. Built 1690

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#16 St. Vissarion Bridge, Trikala. Built 1514

St. Vissarion Bridge, Trikala. Built 1514

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#17 Dasillio Bridge, Grevena. Built 1910

Dasillio Bridge, Grevena. Built 1910

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#18 Papingo Bridge, Ioannina. Built 1854

Papingo Bridge, Ioannina. Built 1854

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#19 Deris Bridge, Kozani. Built Date Unkown, Partially Rebuilt 2006

Deris Bridge, Kozani. Built Date Unkown, Partially Rebuilt 2006

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#20 Liatissa Bridge, Grevena. Built Around 1800

Liatissa Bridge, Grevena. Built Around 1800

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#21 Koutsoubli Bridge, Kastoria. Built Around 1800

Koutsoubli Bridge, Kastoria. Built Around 1800

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Rachel DuBose 1 year ago

I like how the mountains have the same shape and color as the bridge

#22 Portitsa Bridge, Grevena. Built 1743

Portitsa Bridge, Grevena. Built 1743

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#23 Svoliani Bridge, Kozani. Built 1851

Svoliani Bridge, Kozani. Built 1851

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#24 Stabekis Bridge, Grevena. Built 1850

Stabekis Bridge, Grevena. Built 1850

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#25 Chrisavgi Bridge, Kozani. Built 1854

Chrisavgi Bridge, Kozani. Built 1854

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#26 Eptachori Bridge, Kastoria. Built Before 1900

Eptachori Bridge, Kastoria. Built Before 1900

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#27 Vovousa Bridge, Ioannina. Built 1748

Vovousa Bridge, Ioannina. Built 1748

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#28 Kagelia Bridge, Grevena. Built Around 1700

Kagelia Bridge, Grevena. Built Around 1700

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#29 Spanou Bridge, Grevena. Built 1846

Spanou Bridge, Grevena. Built 1846

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#30 Pasha (Aliakmon) Bridge Ruins, Grevena. Built 1690

Pasha (Aliakmon) Bridge Ruins, Grevena. Built 1690

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#31 Stavropotamos Bridge, Grevena. Built 1880

Stavropotamos Bridge, Grevena. Built 1880

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