Arta Bridge

Department Archive
Collection Byzantine Research Fund
Reference No. BRF/02/01/09/030
Level Item
Description Photographic Print
Dimensions 15.7 x 20.7 cm (H x L)
Place Arta Bridge
Arta
Dates 1890
Creator Weir Schultz, Mr Robert
Barnsley, Mr Sidney Howard
Scope and Content Distant view of the bridge. Further annotation survives on the back of the photograph.
Further information The Arta bridge on the Arachthos river was built at the beginning of the 17th century (either in 1602 or 1606) on the remains of an ancient Roman bridge. It is an elaborate construction one hundred forty-two metres in length with four large arches and three smaller ones built of stones and bricks. The scale of the project and the challenges the architects had to face were immense. These were most eloquently reflected in the traditional folk legend associated with the Arta bridge in which the chief architect had to sacrifice his wife at the foundations.