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The Zagoria is a Greek mountainous area to the north west side of Greece, in the prefecture of Ioannina. Zagoria is actually a complex of 46 villages, between Ioannina city and the greek-albanian frontiers.
It is an area of incredible natural beauty that includes the well-known Vikos Gorge and the Vikos-Aoos Natural Reserve Park. The zagorian villages are all made of stone, in a special architectural way.

Many rivers flow through the Pindus Mountains and in spring, the melting snow made them dangerous to ford. Bridges were essential for keeping trade routes open and Zagoria is uniquely blessed with these graceful, stone structures. There are many lovely, single-arched bridges but the Kalogeriko Bridge near Kipi is especially beautiful with three arches. These old bridges are very narrow and only a low ridge marks their edges. A small bell hung under them to warn travelers of strong winds that could easily toss a man into the angry torrents.

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