Hellenistic Bridge Xirokambi

Sights of Interest / Antiquity & Byzantium


The Hellenistic Bridge is an important archaeological monument in Xirokambi. It is believed to be the most ancient operating bridge in Europe. It was built by the Spartans in the late 1st century BC when Augustus granted them the harbor of Kardamili. The name ‘Hellenic’ was given to the bridge by the Christians to signify the work done by the ancient Greeks and the inhabitants of the surrounding area of ‘Kamara’. Folk lore associates the bridge with Helen’s flight to Troy. In addition, legend has it that the wife of the bridge’s master craftsman was sacrificed in order to solidify the foundations of the bridge and her restless ghost is said to appear at night.