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1) Canal of Korinthos
The Canal of Korinthos connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, thus effectively making the former peninsula an island.The builders dug the canal through the Isthmus at sea level; no locks are employed. It is 6.4 kilometres (4 mi) in length and only 21.4 metres (70 ft) wide at its base, making it impassable for most modern ships. It now has little economic importance.
The canal was mooted in classical times and an abortive effort was made to build it in the 1st century AD. Construction finally got under way in 1881 but was hampered by geological and financial problems that bankrupted the original builders. It was completed in 1893 but, due to the canal's narrowness, navigational problems and periodic closures to repair landslides from its steep walls, it failed to attract the level of traffic expected by its operators. It is now used mainly for tourist traffic.
What would you see here: The magnificent view of the canal from the bridge 80 meters from the sea level!
2) Ancient Korinthos
Ancient Corinth was one of the largest and most important cities of Ancient Greece.
According to Hellenic myth, the city was founded by Corinthos, a descendant of the god Helios (the Sun), while other myths suggest that it was founded by the goddess Ephyra, a daughter of the Titan Oceanus, thus the ancient name of the city (also Ephyra). There is evidence that the city was destroyed around 2000 BC.
The site today, first excavated in 1892 CE by the Greek Archaeological Service, is dominated by the Doric peripteral Temple of Apollo (c. 550-530 BCE), originally with 6 columns on the façades and fifteen on the long sides. A particular feature of the temple is the use of monolithic columns rather than the more commonly used column drums. Seven columns remain standing today.
The majority of the other surviving buildings date from the 1st century CE in the Roman era and include a large forum, a temple to Octavia, baths, the Bema where St. Paul addressed the Corinthians, the Asklepeion temple to Asclepius, and a centre of healing, fountains - including the monumental Peirine fountain complex (2nd century CE) - a propylaea, theatre, odeion, gymnasium, and stoas. There are also the remains of three basilicas.
Archaeological finds at the site include many fine mosaics - notably the Dionysos mosaic - Greek and Roman sculpture - including an impressive number of busts of Roman rulers - and outstanding examples of all the styles of Greek pottery, the first source of the city's fame in the ancient world.
What would you see here: The Apollo temple, the fountain of Pirene, the theatre and the Odeum, the St. Pauls Bema, the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth +++
The Acropolis of the Ancient Korinthos, called Acrokorinthos, a monolithic rock that was continuously occupied from archaic times to the early 19th century."It is the most impressive of the acropolis of mainland Greece," in the estimation of George Forrest. With its secure water supply, Acrocorinth's fortress was used as the last line of defense in southern Greece because it commanded the Isthmus of Corinth, repelling foes from entry into the Peloponnesian peninsula. The highest peak on the site was home to a temple to Aphrodite which was Christianized as a church, and then became a mosque.
What would you see here: The temple to Aphrodite, the Upper Pirene spring, the castle +++
4) Ancient Diolkos
Ancient Diolkos was a paved road that was constructed due to the need for rapid passage by ships from the Saronic to the Corinthian gulf and vice versa. It was constructed in the early 6th century B.C. and is associated with Periander's tyranny in Korinthos. Its western edge was reconstructed in the early 4th century B.C. It was used to transport small (especially military) vessels. This use has been attested by sources down to the 9th century A.D.
What would you see here: The ancient Diolkos, the (new) subducting bridge in the beginning of the canal.
5) Ancient Kechries harbor
In ancient times, Kenchreai was one of the two ports of the inland city-state of Corinth. While Kenchreai served the eastern trade routes via the Saronic Gulf, Lechaion on the Corinthian Gulf served the trade routes leading west to Italy and the rest of Europe. Situated on the eastern side of the Isthmus of Corinth, Kenchreai sat at a natural crossroads for ships arriving from the east and overland traffic heading north and south between central Greece and the Peloponnese. The origin of Kenchreai is unknown, but it must have been inhabited from early times, probably in prehistory, on account of the deep natural harbor that was favorable for landing ships. The area is endowed with abundant water sources, a massive bedrock of oolitic limestone that excellent building stone, and several defensible positions with good viewpoints.
The ancient harbor was partly excavated in 1962-1969 by a team sponsored by the American School of Classical Studies under the general direction of Professor Robert Scranton. Excavations have uncovered several buildings that attest to the commercial vitality of the port throughout the Roman Empire and into the 7th century, when maritime activity and local habitation apparently diminished. The most impressive buildings located at the north and south ends of the harbor include blocks of rooms near the waterfront (probably warehouses); fishtanks; monumental complexes decorated with sculpted marble (possibly sanctuaries of Aphrodite and of Isis whose cults the 2nd-century CE writer Pausanias attests at the town), mosaic pavements, and wall-painting (either sacred structures, lavish seaside villas, or rich public benefactions); and a small Christian basilica. Most important among the many discoveries was over a hundred panels in glass opus sectile found in their original packing crates and awaiting installation in a possible sanctuary of Isis whose great annual festival is the scene of the climax of Apuleius' novel "Metamorphosis" which tells the story of a man turned into a donkey and back again (thanks to the intervention of the goddess).
What would you see here: The sanctuary of Aphrodite, Isis temple, the old harbor +++
6) Korinthos (New town)
The prefecture's capital is the region's prominent administrative, commercial, financial and cultural centre. The city centre has wide roads, parks, squares and a picturesque port with fishing boats. Beautiful pedestrian walkways entice the visitors for a stroll, a coffee and shopping, with monuments, museums and historical sites surrounding the city.
You must visit:
- The seaside zone, especially around the El. Venizelos square with
the impressive statue of Pegasus and the small port of Floisvos with the
marina. Close by, you will find Kalamia, an extensive and established
pebble strewn beach, with many coffee shops and taverns all along it.
- The pedestrian walkway on Pilarinos Zografos Street is a much frequented meeting place for the residents with stores, coffee shops and bars.
- The Apostolos Pavlos (Apostle Paul) metropolitan church, on the street of the same name, which was built after the 1928 earthquakes. The "Apostle to the Nations" lived and taught here for a short period and is the city's patron saint.
7) Korinthos canal crossing
With this option, we transfer you and we are waiting you at the port from which departs the ship that makes the Canal boat tour.
The Corinth Canal doesn't only comprise a junction of international sea transport but also a pole of attraction of thousands of visitors due to its enormous History famous in Greece and abroad. Crowds of people cross the Corinth Canal in order to admire this human masterpiece but the view from downwards to upwards is even more magical! From April of 2010, the "ARGO" vessel, performs scheduled Canal Crossings to guide tourists through the history and culture of this remarkable construction project, and acquaint them with the natural beauty and uniqueness of the Corinth Canal. "ARGO", consists of a 24m modern vessel which can safely accommodate 196 passengers. It is manned with highly trained crew and also includes a bar in order to satisfy the needs of all our guests during the trip. The daily schedules, starting at 10:00a.m, have a duration of about an hour and their frequency depends on the number of guests.
Our price does not include the tickets of ship, only your transport costs to the port. We can however inform you about the cost of tickets per person.
8) "LINOS" Folklore Museum
In Solomos, just three kilometres away from the city of
Ancient Korinthos and its evocative castle of Akrokorinthos there is a
museum about wine and greek tradition, called Linos Museum.
The museum is situated in an old traditional winery. For decades the region has been famous for its vineyards. In the past wine was produced traditionally to meet the family needs. A small quantity of white wine is still produced in the winery for friends and visitors to taste.
The museum expands in three exhibitional rooms, which were back then used to collect and store wine. At first visitors enter the traditional late 19 th century greek house. Here you can get a glimse into how people of the greek countryside used to live and how a typical household looked like with its kitchen, fireplace etc.
Moving on to the second room visitors may observe various crafts of the local artisans. They are also presented with images of traditional professions which no longer exist such as the blacksmith, the carpenter and the weaver. Our aim is to give to the visitor the opportunity to travel back in time and escape from the mechanical world we all live in. Even just for a while...
Last but not least getting to the third room there is a semi-dark cellar where visitors can taste our wine as long as other local wines accompanied by local flavours. Tsipouro may also be served (in the right season), a typical strong yet fully aromatic drink.
Just outside the museum we see "linos" , the place where people used to step on the grapes with their bare feet in order to extract the wine must and then put it into wooden barrels. This is how the museum inherited his name. "Linos" is situated in the centre of a wider garden, specifically an orchard, where Pantelis (the man who inspired the museum) grows seasonal vegetables for family and friends.
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We recommend using the suburban train (PROASTIAKOS) for your transportation from Athens to Corinth as well as for your return. In that way you'll save enough money. We can wait for you at the station of Corinth to take you anywhere you wish. The suburban trains are fast, clean, comfortable and affordable. The trains depart every 1 hour and the trip lasts about an hour.
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