"Dead Poet Gave it a Bad Name" Prefecture of Preveza by Yank_o

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Water everywhere

Preveza is the town made (in)famous by the suicide of Greek poet Kostas Karyotakis, a civil servant "exiled" (i.e. transferred) there in the early 20th century. Today, two important road links (the Rion Antirion bridge and the Actium underwater crossing) and a nearby airport serve to bring this town, near the Roman town of Nicopolis and the site of a historical naval battle, closer to the rest of the world. Apart from ancient sites, the region is also known for the numerous lagoons, the river Acheron and the old Venetian town of Parga on the Ionian Sea. Situated in one of Greece's rainiest regions, the area is a verdant biotope for several species of birds.


Meaning "town of victory", Nicopolis was founded by Augustus in memory of his victory over Anthony and Cleopatra in the 1st century BC. The road connecting Preveza to Epirus' regional capital of Ioannina crosses the site, which is good for accessibility but rather unfavourable in terms of maintenance of this (vast) archaeological site in a condition worth of its significance. Nicopolis was an important city for more than 1000 years but gradually declined afterwards following raids and plundering by invaders in the middle ages.

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  • Pros:Varied landscape
  • Cons:Overshadowed by islands
  • Last visit to Prefecture of Preveza: Jan 2006
  • Intro Written Jan 10, 2006
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  • janetanne's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2008 at 10:38 PM

    I've been to Preveza so many times! I didn't know that a famous Greek poet had committed suicide there. Actually I always loved going to Preveza and still have good friends there as well.


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