City Centre

Walking in Preveza's historical centre

City centre (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

City centre route

This story will take you through Preveza's historical city centre

Title page (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Carnet de voyage

A carnet de voyage was published by Actia Nicopolis Foundation, back in 2011, to accompany the "refined" visitors of Preveza, not only as a guide, but also as an excuse for drawing their own sketches and write down their thoughts.

Introduction in English (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

The carnet

Pavlos Habidis, a well known artist in Greece and the EU, was invited by the Foundation to sketch places of interest in and around Preveza. With his brushwork, ink, and colours he drew corners that identify the history and character of the area, and which illustrate the Carnet.

The Mediterranean Sea (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Between East and West

Preveza is situated in the borders between East and West. It has changed hands several times, ruled by Ottomans, Venetians, French, and Greeks, all of which left their marks on the architecture and culture of the city.

Panoramic view from the new harbour (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Preveza

Preveza is a seaside city in northwestern Greece, with a turbulent history and beautiful environment

In front of the Town Hall (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

The seafront

Preveza's sea front faces to the East, while its nicest beaches face to the West. One of the major buildings in Preveza's sea front is its Town Hall (here in the centre).

Odysseas Androutsos' Square (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

The main square

Dedicated to the hero of the Greek Independance Odysseas Androutsou, the main square of Preveza is a place for relaxing and enjoying the sea front view.

The courthouse (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

The Court House

Built in the 1880's to house the Ottoman local Administration, the building is now used as a Court House.

National Bank of Greece (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

National Bank of Greece

The Bank's branch in Preveza is housed in a beautiful building that characterises the city's sea front.

National Bank of Greece (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

National Bank of Greece

Built in 1932, on plans by the achitect Nikolaos Zoumboulidis and under the supervision of the architect Nikolaos Saliveros, the building combines several Greek traditional architectural elements.

In front of the Town Hall (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

The Town Hall

Preveza's Town Hall, stands next to the National Bank's building. It was built in 1974, and it embeds traditional architectural elements of northwestern Greece.

The Lighthouse (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

The port's lighthouse

A Swedish made lighthouse stood on Preveza's port since 1929 and till 1963, when the new harbour was constructed. In 2008 a replica of the lighthouse was placed on the same spot where the old one stood.

The old Covered Market (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

The covered market

A visionary mayor of Preveza, Vassilios Balkos, constructed the covered market in the 1930's.
It was one of the first  reinforced-concrete buildings of the city.

The old Covered Market (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

The large building was used as a covered market until the late 1980's, when another visionary mayor of Preveza, Nikos Yiannoulis, transformed it into a multi-purpose centre.

Fishing boat at the Sea Front (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

An early morning catch

There are many fishermen in Preveza, and if you take an early morning walk down the seafront, you could always buy fish from a fresh catch.

Fishing boat at the Sea Front (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Koutsoumoura

Red mullet from the Amvrakikos bay, mullus barbatus  scientifically, koutsoumoura in Greek, is one of the tastiest small fish you can eat in Preveza.

The house of Potamianos (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Potamianos' house

Potamianos was a prominent seafaring family, which settled in Preveza in the late 19th century. Their house has been restored into a boutique hotel, named The captain's house.

The house of Potamianos (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

The open air yard of Captain's house is decorated by a stone fireplace façade, picked by Nantia Potamianos for this purpose.

Roumbos' distillery (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Roumbos' distillery

Walking down Dardanellion street, your nose will pick a distinct odour of distilled alchohol. The Roumbos family has been in this business for more than a century and keeps going.

Adrianoulopeos street (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Adrianoupoleos street

If the smell of Roumbos' ouzo whets your appetite, you only have to pick one of the many tavernas, mainly fish tavernas, which are abundant in the nearby narrow alleys of Preveza's historical centre.

Fisherman's shop in a narrow street (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Preveza's shrimps

If you never noticed it, call back the 007 movie For your eyes only, to find out (around the 63rd minute) what James Bond ordered in Corfu for lunch.

Fisherman's shop in a narrow street (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Andrea's fishmonger

Shrimps and fresh fish can be picked in many fishmongers places of the city.

Randevous at the Clock Tower (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

The clock tower

The Venetian clock tower is the centre of many activities and a meeting point in the city's centre.

Randevous at the Clock Tower (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

A Roman sarcophagus

A Roman sarcophagus, from the nearby ancient city of Nicopolis, decorates the façade of St. Charalambos' church in the city centre.

Venetian Clock Towr - St. Charalambos church (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

The clock tower

The Venetian clock tower of Preveza was built in 1792, towards the end of the Venetian era of Preveza, and was decorated with stone engravings depicting the city's heraldic symbol of the time.

Venetian Clock Tower - St. Charalambos church (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

St. Charalambos' church

Next to the Clock tower stands the city's cathedral church of St. Charalambos.

St. Charalambos church. "Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Allmighty" (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

The wood carved templon

The templon (iconostasis) of St. Charalambos' church was carved out of walnut wood in 1827, by the Skalistis brothers of Turnovo, Epirus.

St. Charalambos church. "Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Allmighty" (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

The gilded templon

The gilding of the templon is the work of the Epirot painter Dimitrios Papadiamantis, from Zagori, and it was done in 1836.

Barber's shop in "Seitan Pazar" (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Seitan bazar

Very close to St. Haralambos' church there is a slopped narrow street, known with its Ottoman name, Seitan bazar, Devil's market, with a colour of the past.

Barber's shop in "Seitan Pazar" (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Barber's shop

One of the oldest barber's shop in the city, that of Timoleon Veskas, reminds of the old styled barber shops.

Cafe in "Seitan Pazar" (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

There are some old coffee shops in Seitan bazar, where you could enjoy a short drink, along with your coffee...

Cafe in "Seitan Pazar" (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Ano Vlanto

The coffee shop of Kostas Stavros, from Ano Vlanto, has kept a lot from the ambiance of the past.

The house where the poet K. Karyotakis lived (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Karyotakis' house

A well known Greek poet, Kostas Karyotakis, stayed in Preveza for just over a month, in 1928, and committed suicide by the bay of Vathy, nearby Preveza. The house where he stayed is still standing, in the Seitan bazar area.

Ouzo-shop in "Seitan Pazar" (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Seitan bazar ouzo-shop

Opposite to the house where Karyotakis stayed, there is a charming ouzo-shop, named after the Seitan bazar itself.

Karyotakis' Square (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Karyotakis' square

A small square, next to the place where Kostas Karyotakis lived, is named after him. With his poem titled Preveza, he established the city as one of the most active symbols of modern Greek poetry, and placed it exuberantly and gloriously in the field of modern Greek poetry.

Karyotakis' Square (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Kostas Karyotakis (1896-1928)

A bronze bust of the poet adorns the small square that bears his name.

The house of Apostolos Rizos (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Apostolos Rizos' house

One of Preveza's merchants, with origin from the mountainous village of Syrrako, has donated his house to the community, and it now houses the Syrrakiots’ Folklore Museum.

The house of Apostolos Rizos (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

One of the last handmade iron balconies in Preveza, has survived in Apostolos Rizos' house.

Christos Kontos street (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

The Zalokostas doorway

One of the surviving iron-made doorways of Preveza.

21st October street (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Coffee grinding shop

Next to St. Athanasios church

Bell Tower of St. Athanasios church (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

St. Athanasios bell tower

The so-called Ionian-Islands-type-bell-towers are common in Preveza. The oldest one is that of St. Athanasios church.

Bizaniou street (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Kavagias Merchant House

One of the oldest merchant houses in Preveza's old market street, Bizaniou street, is that of the Kavagias family, established in 1880.

Bizaniou street (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Another example of handmade iron work.

George Seferis' square (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

George Seferis' square

named after the Greek Nobel laureate poet.

10, Ionias street (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

10, Ionias street

An example of Preveza's picturesque house inner yards.

In the neighbourhood of Androutsos (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Androutsos' neighbourhood

A typical Preveza's house in the neighbourhood of Androutsos.

Odysseas Androutsos' street (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Odysseas Androutsos street

A number of Preveza's old houses survive in this narrow street, named after Odysseas Androutsou.

121, Polytechneiou street (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

121, Polytechneiou street (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

121, Polytechneiou street

Another example of a handmade iron doorway, that once decorated most of the city's houses.

Mayor I. Moustakis' street (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Old wooden doors

Several of Preveza's old houses still preserve their old wooden doors. Here the Konkouri family house door, at 36, Moustaki street.

Mayor I. Moustakis' street (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

The Tzilvitzis' old wooden house door, at 38, Moustaki street.

1st High School of Preveza (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

The Gymnasium of Preveza

1st High School of Preveza (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

The Gymnasium

This historic building, was erected in the mid 1920's.

Near the Football Ground (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Preveza's F. C.

The football ground hosts Preveza's Football Club, whose symbol is a seahorse.

Near the Football Ground (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Agapi - Love

Next to the football grounds there is an old coffee shop called Agapi, Love.

The Plane Tree (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Panagi Tsaldari street

The old road taking you out of Preveza is named after the Greek Prime Minister Panagis Tsaldaris. Under an old plane tree there is a tabacconist shop, a periptero in Greek, where you can find the bare essentials, and more ...

Pan. Tsaldari street (2011) by Pavlos HabidisActia Nicopolis Foundation

Manaviko

In the same street, there is a colourful and picturesque manaviko, greengrocer's shop.

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