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Tour in the city of Chalkida

What to see in Chalkida:

  •  The old (sliding) Negroponte bridge, in the channel of Eyripos. The bridge was constructed in the time of Ioustinanios and has been restored three times -the last one being in 1962. When on the bridge you can observe the renowned tidal phenomenon of Evripos according to which the tidal currents reverse their direction every 6 hours. In every change of direction, the waters remain stagnant for about 8 minutes. The flow of the currents totally depends on the moon and is closely associated with the duration of every moon month.
  •  The impressive suspended bridge, the construction of which completed in 1993. It is 694.5 m long (395 m suspended), the deck is only 45 cm thick and it is suspended from 144 wire ropes fixed on pillars 90 m high.
  •  The center of the Kastro district. Here, you will find the Early Christian basilica of Aghia Paraskevi (dating back to 5th or 8th century), patron saint of the town. It was rebuilt by the Venetians during the 14th century, who added the gothic sculptures.
  •  The house of Vailos with the Venetian coat of arms. The house is opposite the church of Aghia Paraskevi.
  •  The north side of the beach, where you will find many cafes, bars and restaurants. Here you will find the Red House (Kokkino Spiti - 1884) of the Mallios family, where the German occupation administration settled in April 1841.  The “House of Statues” of the same family across the street today houses the local department of the Lyceum club of Greek women. You will also see the imposing Kotsikas Manor (1906), housing the Town Hall and the square of the church of Aghios Nikolaos with remarkable religious icons. The Public Central Library is also located in this area.
  •  The Cathedral’s square (Aghios Dimitrios) and the Artistic Workshop.
  •  The Archaeological Museum, a neoclassic building dating back to the early 20th century, exposing collections of findings of the Early Helladic period and pottery items of the Mycenaean and Geometric periods. 
  •  The Folklore Museum, which is housed in a part of the medieval fortifications of the town. Among others you will find a miniature of a traditional Evian house, traditional costumes, textiles and weapons.
  • The Municipal Library and the Turkish mosque, built probably during the 17th century and housing the Byzantine collection.
  •  The Historical Archive in the Kriezotis Manor house.
  •  The Court House in El. Venizelos Avenue and the Arethousa spring associated with legends and traditions, to the east of the church of Aghios Stefanos.
  •  The industrial buildings of the same area, built in early 20th century.
  •  The refugee district of Neapoli with houses dating back to the Middle-war period.
  •  The Kamares location, where you will have the opportunity to see Roman water supply reservoir.
  •  The Karababa Castle (1860), built in a position of strategic importance on the hill of Fourka at the coast of Boeotia (known as Kanithos during the ancient times.) The castle offers a magnificent view of Chalkida and the bay of Evia. In the nearby forest Greek poet, Yannis Skaribas is buried.
  • The picturesque railway station near the sea.

 

Activities

  •  Swimming at the beaches of Asteria, Kourenti, Souvala, Liani Ammos, Rodies and Akti Papathanasiou or further at the beaches of Aghios Minas, Alykes, Faros, Vathi or Avlida.
  • Fishing under the old bridge.

 

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