There are quite a few Venetian Bridges spread around Cyprus. This one, nestled in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains, is not one of the well-known ones. It was built to provide access between the villages of Potamiou and Vouni. Now it stands in graceful retirement, waiting for the more adventurous traveler to appreciate its stonework.
I've sat on these pictures for nearly two years. I had gone exploring to do some research for a roadtrip ebook, and I wanted to check Vasa out. On the way, I noticed a sign pointing to a Venetian Bridge. So once I explored Vasa I decided to retrace my steps. Now, it turns out that there is another old bridge in Vasa, so I decided to check that one out first.
This looked interesting. It was certainly more modern than the Venetian ones we know and love. But it also had a degree of antiquity to it.
From the other side I could just make out a tourist information sign, so it would be worth making my way through the dense undergrowth to see what it said. I wonder what the holes in the side of the bridge are for though? Perhaps there used to be a metal ladder running down its side?
Old Stone Bridge
The you have it. It is officially an "Old Stone Bridge". Glad we cleared that up.
I recall reading somewhere that it was built by the British in the early 20th century, but, as I said, I originally took these pictures two years ago, so I might be wrong.
A Helpful Map
I thought a map would be helpful. Each blog has a link to a map at the bottom of the blog, but very few people ever seem to click it. As the bridge is very hard to find, I thought an extra hint might be in order.