Preveza – Parga: The land of victoryGreece,
A town created by force, the Gateway to the Underworld, castles that have experienced unimaginable violence, deserted villages, conquerors, fugitives, pirates, poets, and queens have left their mark on this land that faces the azure Ionian Sea.
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1. Ancient NicopolisThe ancient Greek civilization bids goodbye forever to its former glory. The Roman civilization is now on the rise. Both meet and establish a town that flourishes for centuries.
2. The house of the Ekdikos GeorgiosRoman mansions are famous for their size and luxury. Some were unearthed in Nicopolis and, as it happens, we know the owner of one of them.
3. ZalongoThe rugged mountains of Epirus witnessed the long struggle of the Souliotes (men, women, and children) against Ali Pasha of Ioannina. In the final battle, Zalongo and the Souliote women become a legend.
On the footsteps of Alexander the Great
Ancient NicopolisOctavian, the adopted son of Julius Caesar, faces the waters that spread before the narrow, fertile piece of land that separates the Ambracian Gulf from the Ionian Sea. Enemy shipwrecks are everywhere. To honour the site of his great victory and to ensure that its memory would live forever he founded a Roman city equal to his triumph. He will call it the “City of Victory” (Nicopolis). He will not be the first one to do so. Alexander the Great set the example when he founded the Nicopolis of Syria, following his victory over the Persians at the battle of Issus. Octavian envisions a city that will control western Greece (with the help of Patras) and will help Romanize the new conquests in the East, while projecting his political propaganda.
The house of a citizens’ advocate
The house of the Ekdikos GeorgiosThis impressive discovery was occupied from the second half of the 1st century to the early 7th century. Many owners passed through its doors, walked among the plants in the garden, and worked in its spacious rooms; but thanks to an inscription on a mosaic floor we know the name of one of them: ekdikos Georgios. An ekdikos was an office established in the second half of the 4th century; he was responsible for safeguarding the common people from the arbitrary behaviour of the powerful. He registered the complaints of the people and represented them before the authorities, whether the emperor or the provincial governor. Ekdikos Georgios, the owner of this impressive mansion, was a Roman citizens’ advocate.
Monument of Zalongo
ZalongoIn December 1803 the Souliotes, these unsubmissive mountaineers, are forced to evacuate their villages after signing a treaty with Ali Pasha. He has promised not to attack them, but he goes back on his word. His men arrive from Ioannina with their swords drawn. Some Souliotes manage to escape while others surrender. Women and children are trapped near a cliff's edge in Zalongo. In order to avoid capture, the women threw themselves and their children off the steep cliff, committing suicide. In 1961, approximately 150 years after this event, the sculptor George Zongolopoulos, a prominent representative of the so-called “Generation of the 1930s”, paid homage to these women. A copy of the sculpture, in metal, is in the garden of the Presidential Palace in Athens.
Nea Odos has undertaken the study, planning, construction, operation, administration and maintenance of the “Ionian Road” project. A breathtaking project covering a total length of 380klm.
Why take a self-guided tour?
This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.
You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.
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