Epirus, or the Epirus Region (called Ipiros in greek), is a geographic region in the western central Greece.

It is placed near the regions of West Greece to the South, Macedonia and Thessaly to the east the Ionian Sea to the west and Albania to the north.


Arta is one of the biggest cities, capital of the regional unit of Arta, which is part of Epirus region.

The city was known in ancient times as Ambrakia.
Our city is known for the famous medieval bridge over the Arachthos River.

Arta is also known for its ancient sites from the era of king Pirrus and its well-preserved 13th-century castle.

Arta’s Byzantine history is reflected in its many Byzantine churches. The most famous is Parigoritissa, built about 1290.

Brief History

Legend has it that Athaman the son of Eolos and King of Orchomenos in Viotia, found shelter in the Tzoumerka Mountain where he found the Kingdom of Athamani.

One century later, Corinthian colonists found Amvrakia their first commercial settlement. It was located where the city of Arta currently is.

In 168 BC, Amvrakia was besieged and conquered by the Romans, who plundered all the city’s treasures. Many centuries later, during the 4th Crusade , Mikhail Angelos Doukas came to the city and founded the Dominion of Epirus with Arta as this capital.

The city reached its peak between 1236 and 1268 when most of the churches and its castle were built .

In 1449 though Arta succumbed to the Turks and the city was annexed back to Greece in 1881.

(presented by Petsimeri Eleftheria, Priovolou Dimitra, Rapti Lina, Samara Konstantina, Tsolis Kostas)

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06 2014

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  1. Bruno Ruiz #

    Hi dear friends!!!!! It was great to see all those pictures of your lovely town, the bridge (we still remember that lovely song!!!! :P ), the ramparts, Parigoritissa church…. And it was REALLY INTERESTING to know a bit about the history of your region, Epirus, and your town, Amvrakia (in the past ;) )!!!!!!
    So thanks a million for all your information, dear friends!!!!!!!! :)

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