Plastiras Dam, Karditsa

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The Plastiras Dam is a concrete arch dam in Karditsa regional unit, Greece that impounds the Tavropos River, creating an artificial lake respectively called the Lake Plastiras.NameThe dam is named after Nikolaos Plastiras, a Greek General and Politician who was the first to visualize the construction of a reservoir in the Agrafa area as soon as 1925. He later boosted the efforts while serving as a Prime Minister, but did not live to see the construction of the dam.BackgroundThe river Tavropos was known in the area for causing flooding frequently. In late 1920s the idea of "constraining" the river flow was adopted by the incumbent Minister for Agriculture, but was met with opposition by both his political rivals and locals. Some of the concerns were the overall cost of the building and the impact a reservoir would have to the landscape. After the Second World War, the idea was revived by Prime Minister Nikolaos Plastiras and was also adopted by the Power Corporation. The Power Corporation included the construction of a dam in the area in its effort to electrify the Country. Numerous studies on the project where presented and in 1953 the French Omniun Lyonnais won the international contest for the construction of the Dam.Construction and specificationsThe building was officially founded on December 14, 1955, and the construction lasted for almost five years. The dam was dedicated on October 30, 1960. Plastiras Dam is an arched dam made of concrete, blocking a narrow point known as Kakavakia. The dam is elevated 795m from sea level. It stands 83m high and has a crest width of 220m. Its overall volume is 100×103 m³.
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  • This a place for walking around and looking at the lake side and the valley on the other side. There are few shops there that sell local products as well as some souvenirs.  more »
  • It was interesting to see the dam architecture. Were a few small stands that sold local products- a bit aggressively  more »
  • A classic dam in a large, impressive artificial lake. But what is most worth is the nature that surrounds them, especially if you go in the spring. Wonderful. Good road around the lake. The observatory above the dam is worth the view but beware, the road is ugly dirt road! The village of Karytsa is close by. An authentic mountain village with breeders and farmers without resort and spa or other facilities. There and the Homonymous tavern with Greek Mamaniko food from local own raw materials. A little further up the monastery of Panagia is breathtaking. You can see all this in one day.
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