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Preveza, Epirus, Greece

Preveza city – the desirbale gem of Epirus, with an ancient Greek origin and a historical route with an advanced trading hub & lots of battles and victories.

Preveza, Epirus, Greece

Preveza city – the desirbale gem of Epirus, with an ancient Greek origin and a historical route with an advanced trading hub & lots of battles and victories.

A journey from ancient Nikopolis to underwater tunnels.

Preveza is a city coming from the past. Although its name is quite recent, the city has been through difficulties, battles, and evolutions. Preveza (Πρέβεζα in Gr) got its name from the modern Slavic word prěvozъ meaning passageway, probably due to the city’s seaside location and port access. It is the capital city of the Preveza region, located in its northern part, and next to the Ambracian Gulf. Regularly small as far as the population of the city is concerned and immured by the ancient walls of Nikopolis, Preveza is a small town with important cultural and political value for the Greek history.
The location of the city has always had a trading and strategical key value. For that reason, it has been involved into several naval & land battles. The forces of Octavian fought and defeated Mark Antony’s and queen Cleopatra’s ones, at the historical Battle of Actium. During the Medieval ages Albanians and Slavs settled here, and then it passed under the Venetians and Ottomans’ rule. Preveza took part in several Ottoman-Venetian Wars. The city was also involved in the Morean battles, through which the city switched hands a couple of times between Venetians and Ottomans. During the 17th and 18th century Preveza obtained popularity and trade significance.
Kosmas the Aetolian, one of the most famous originators of the Orthodox Church, visited the city and founded the first school there and in the same century Preveza transformed into a transit center for the Western Europe. During the 2nd Ottoman period, the city was occupied by the forces of Ali-Pasha and was controlled from Istanbul. Preveza had an important role for the Ottomans and maintained it until 1912, that eventually Preveza became officially part of Greece. The liberation of the city came after the Battle of Nicopolis. It was actually the first time in the whole world’s history that a pilot was shot down during a combat.
The way for the evolution officially started. During the interwar period Preveza became an important commercial center in Greece. Many labor unions, small industries and handicrafts were formed in the city, advancing the economy of the whole region. Today the city is an important commercial harbor and an important touristic location. Aktio area, with its huge National Airport, has contributed to the city’s advance. There are now many museums, big marinas, cinemas, music Halls, touristic clubs, restaurants, and cafes, and 2 big Universities, the National Commercial Navy Academy and the University of Financial Department.

The birthplace of Legends of Arts

Preveza has always been a city that embraced legendary people of different eras and social backgrounds. Generals, dignitaries, painters, poets, singers, litterateurs & benefactors have either been born or lived in Preveza.
Odysseus Androutsos, one of the most important and brave chieftains of the Greek Evolution of 1821 , was born and raised in the city, as well as Aleksakis Vlahopoulos, another important factor of the Greek Revolution. Konstantinos Karyotakis, the most important Greek poet of the modern Greek poesy and literature lived, worked and eventually committed suicide here. Other important artists that lived here were the painter Giannis Moralis, one of the most significant figures in the Greek art scene of all times, Demetres Genias, another extremely important painter, Nicolaos Konemenos, a bright litterateur, Ali Dino bey, the most important WWII Greek comics & sketch designer, Euclid Tsakalotos, mathematician and politicians of the after war period and the Olympic Games winners Athanasia Tsoumeleka and Athena Papagianni. Preveza is a place of culture and melancholy. From dark and depressing poems to the revolutionary and brave feelings of the glorious fighters of the world, here you’ll feel like you’re part of the culture in total.
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