Bridges and aqueducts

Crete

Although Crete is not renowned for its large rivers, it still mpresses with some of the most beautiful stone bridges in Greece. The most famous is the arched bridge near Beach Preveli, while of very great archaeological importance are the ancient bridges of Eleftherna and the Hellenic Bridge of Apokoronas. Similarly, important projects are the Venetian aqueducts, which transfered water across rivers to the towns.

Morozini Aqueduct
The Venetian Candia, i.e. the current town of Heraklion, had no water sources and its residents used wells and cisterns for storing rainwater. The general commissioner of Crete, Francesco Mozozini, tried to give a definitive end to this drought by building a colossal project, 15 kilometers long, for transfering water from the springs of mount Youchtas. The terrain of the region required the construction of the aqueducts at Syllamos, Fortezza and Tris Kamares (today's Eleftherias...
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Spilia Aqueduct

At the area of Agia Irini, Spilia, there is the largest of the aqueduct bridges built in Crete. The aqueduct was built in 1830-40 by the Egyptians after the discovery of the ancient aqueduct of Knossos that had a tunnel of 1150m. Therefore, tunnel was cleaned and reused.

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Kakodiki Bridge

In 1903, the independent Cretan State built a single arched bridge called Kamara that collapsed in 2018. It was 10m wide and very inclined. The place can be accessed by a dirt road that stops here. It was very tough to locate the bridge due to the lush vegetation.

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Agarathiani Kamara

A small stone bridge at the upper part of Astrakiano gorge. The bridge was once crossed by people who wanted to reach Agarathos monastery from Astraki.

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Galifa Bridge

On the road leading from Galipe to Smari we meet the single-arched bridge of Galifa, which bridges River Galifianos. The arch was built in 1900 to serve the needs of the residents, mainly from Galifa.

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Preveli Bridge

The beautiful arched bridge of Prevelis is met on the way to the homonym monastery and crosses Megas River which empties at the famous beach of Preveli. It was built in the 18th century by monks of the monastery.

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Demati Bridge

Near the village of Demati there is a wonderful arched bridge, built by the locals to cross the longest river of Crete, Anapodaris.

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Kaki Rachi Bridge

The stone built bridge and the watermill at Kakia Rahi position are both monuments protected by the Greek State. They are landmarks in the area, associated with memories of the locals. They are both special constructions that combine rigorous morphological solutions.

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Keritis Bridge

The Bridge on the River Keritis is made of stone with three arches and was built in 1908. Adjacent to it, on 1 August 1941 the Germans executed 118 men (with disabled among them) under the despicable charge of resistance against the German invasion in Crete.

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