Landmarks in Central Greece


In Karakolithos outside the town of Distomo lies a monument alluding to sombre times, where 134 citizens where executed in April 1944 by the Nazis for their resistance to occupation.
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This beautiful traditional lighthouse built of stone in 1894 has a tower that's 12.5 meters. It's glass windows on the top of the light house look like something out of a time machine as well.
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Many beautiful water fountains built of stone embellish the villages and underline the strong relationship that the residence have with this precious resource. Village life organized itself around these fountains, which slowly lost their true significance after municipal water was extended to the homes.
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No one knows exactly how old this tree is, towering over the village of Prassia, but it has a diameter of 7 meters and is 35 meters tall. It is designated as a protected natural monument.
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The Huseyin Pasha Turkish bath, built around 1702, lies right next to the site of the Vezir Tzami mosque, which does not exist anymore. The neighbourhood, however, is still called Vezir Tzami.
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This airy square is dedicated to the English poet Rupert Brooke who was a philhellene. In 1915 as he was aboard a ship and on his deathbed, he expressed his wish to be buried on Skyros. His grave lies in Treis Boukies
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Belonging to the Kapsali family, the mansion is home to the Messolonghi Byron Society dedicated to Lord Byron's life and poetry.The celebrated English poet and Philhellene Lord Byron came to the city to support the Greek revolutionary cause and died in Mesolongi in 1824.
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Although the tower was built during the Frankish era, the clock was donated by Lord Elgin in 1803 in exchange for being able to undertake archaeological excavations in the vicinity to find the mysterious oracle of Trofonios.
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Built by Sultan Bayazit Veli, son of Mohammed II (1446-1512), in reconnaissance of God for the seizure of the city of Nafpaktos in 1499, the mosque was the first in the city. When Christianity returned, it became a commercial establishment. It was recently renovated however and is now used for cultural events.
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A park of plants and monuments dedicated to the heroes of the region, this space is nature's way of making amends with a troubled past. There is even a monument for Philhellenes from France, Germany, Italy and Poland who took part in the Greek war of independence, as well as a marble statue of the poet Byron.
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English poet Rupert Brooke was laid to rest in the bay of Treis Boukies in 1915. He was a volunteer officer in Egypt, and on his way to the Dardanelles fell ill. His boat landed on Skyros to bury him upon his wishes. Read the interesting inscription on his tombstone.
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Get an in-depth look on the history and mystery of southern Evia’s Drakospita as well as its numerous plant and animal species at the Centre for Environmental Awareness between the villages of Kalyvia and Nikasi just north of Karystos.
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Kefalogiofyro in Efpalio represents the narrow pass across the Mornopotamos river, considered a unique bridge with impressive architecture. It was used by those who escaped during the exodus of Mesolongi (Prefecture of Aitoloakarnania) in 1826 from the Ottoman siege, sheltering in the Monastery of Varnakova nearby.
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In the main square of Kato Tithorea there's the old stone bridge of Magoula (as well as a workshop with local folk art).
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The fact that this bridge is still standing is testament to the wonder of classic architecture, reflecting building wisdom of centuries. It was built early during Ottoman rule, and lies in the municipality of Aperanta, 15 minutes after Krendi at the banks of the Agrafioti river. It can be seen from the bridge at Krioneri.
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In Davlia - on the road from Davlia to Distomo - there is a monument that attests to the presence of the old Schiste (Shisti) road where Oedipus supposedly killed his father Laios. Sophocles, Pausinias and others mentioned the existence of this road that leads to the Oracle of Delphi.
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In the municipality of Timfristos at Mountouraki there is an astounding bridge with a single arch dating from the 19th century. While there check out the 18th century church of Agios Athanassios, Metamorfosi tou Sotira church and others.
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Built in 1914 by Bishop Seraphim Domvoiti, the architecturally beautiful clock overlooks the city and can be reached from the church of Agios Dimitrios. Visit in the afternoon when the sun lies low and reflects against the clock.
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Famous scholar and teacher Panagiotis Palamas was born here in 1722. His son, the famous poet Kostis Palamas who wrote the Olympic Hymn also lived here.
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The Papadia Bridge is considered the longest one in the mountains of the country, while the Asopos Bridge is another important bridge in Iti.
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Some 24 kilometers from Karpenissi at an altitude of 660 meters, there are two old stone bridges that are worth visiting, as well as a stunning view of Lake Kremaston.
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In Nafpaktos and near its port, the statue of Giorgos Anemogiannis reminds visitors of the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Turks. At a young age of 25, Anemogiannis tried to burn the Ottoman fleet in the harbour and was caught. He was subsequently tortured and killed by the occupiers in 1821.
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The statue of Leonidas, erected on the historical hill of Kolonos, was commissioned in the 1950s by Greeks from America and commemorates the battle at Thermopylae. There used to be another one erected in the 5th century BC but it has been destroyed since.
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This strangely interesting and oddly attractive asymmetrical bridge, built by Italian engineers just one year before the start of the Second World War. It is located in the municipality of Aspropotamos (which means White River).
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In the idyllic village of Stilida there is an amazing bridge made of stone, as well as the Metamorfosi tou Sotiros church which boasts interesting architecture.
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Omvriaki has a stone channel with running water and a stone pond that are interesting and quite traditional.
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Close to the port and castle there is a Venetian tower from the 15th century and an Ottoman tower from the 16th. The latter was procured by General Notis Botsaris in 1829 when the city gained independence. The tower features a museum regarding the 1571 Battle of Lepanto and many paintings, gravures, etc. Worth seeing.
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The old railway station was renovated and redesigned for hosting cultural events, as well as film screenings by the Mesolongi Friends of Film Association. Photo: Agrinioculture.
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Built near the lagoon and could be the oldest building in the city. This is where Greek statesman, diplomat, author and orator Spiridon Trikoupis was born and raised. His son Charilaos Trikoupis became Prime Minister seven times in the late 1800s.
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Home of politician Zafeirio-Zenovio Valvis, featuring his notable collection of books. The building has become a public library. Valvis served as twice as Prime Minister of Greece in the mid 1800s.
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The village of Asvestis features a vaulted stone-made bridge.
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Gorgopotamos has waterfalls and an amazing watermill at Platania, as well as stone bridges one of which is considered historically very important. There is also a Memorial of National Resistance and a historical bridge nearby.
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The watermill of Ekara in the municipality of Thessaliotida is a relaxing and lovely area to visit.
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Built at the turn of the 20the century to mill flour, the watermill has been completely restored and represents a cultural beacon, as part of a cultural centre and exhibition space.
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In the municipality of Domokos near Melitea there is a traditional watermill and the belfry of Agios Georgios in Filiadona.
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Amphikleia (or Amfikleia) has watermills and stone bridges around the Kifissos river.
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Within the Municipality of Xyniada in Agios Stefanos stands a memorial for 106 people massacred by the Nazis in World War II.
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