The Euripus Strait, is a narrow channel of water separating the Greek island of Euboea in the Aegean Sea from Boeotia in mainland Greece. The strait's principal port is Chalcis on Evia, located at the strait's narrowest point.
The "Old" or "Low" or "Sliding" Bridge lies across midtown, and can slide away to allow shipping traffic. It is located at the narrowest point of the strait, where it is only 38 m wide. It accommodates a railway line and two lanes of vehicular traffic. It was originally built as a retractable bridge in 1858, replaced by a rotating one in 1896. The existing, originally wooden bridge was built in 1962 and was extensively refurbished in 1998.
The bridge across Euripus was built by the Emperor Justinian I in 540 AD. Another was built by the Venetians in the late Middle Ages; it was called the "Black Bridge" and it temporarily gave its name to the town and island. In his Phaedo, Plato has Socrates use the Euripus tide as a simile for things that "go up and down" in describing the thinking of those who hold that nothing is sound or stable.
Aulis, the strait's port on the mainland, mentioned by Homer as the launching point of the combined Greek fleets in the Trojan War, is now a major cement shipping terminal.
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