Situated on the banks of the Arachthos river, the actual city spreads like an amphitheater at the foot of the Peranthis hills, crowned at the tip with a Byzantine fortress. Built at the site of ancient Amvrakia, as stated above, it holds a population of 40,000 and is located 365 km from Athens. Arta is primarily characterized by the large number of interesting Byzantine monuments.

The emblem of the city is the famous bridge of Arta. It is renowned for its architecture and the legend involving the master of the work, who is supposed to have buried his wife in the foundations. It dates back to the time of Pyrrhus, but has been subject to several transformations and adjustments. The legend of the bridge of Arta is the theme of six theatrical plays, two operas and a number of folk studies.

Gefira of Arta

The monuments of ancient Amvrakia that still remain to date are: the theater (IIIrd C. BC.) discovered recently, the foundations of the Doric temple of Apollo Pythios (Vth C. BC.), a part of an ancient wall, and the base of a monument from the VIth century BC.

The fortress of Arta was built in the XIIIth Century at a section of the ancient wall. Its appearance is actually on the results brought upon by the Turkish occupation. It is presently used as a municipal theater (one of the best at national level) where many different cultural and traditional activities take place.

Image of Arta