Unveiling Ancient Corinth: Exploring Ruins and Marveling at Engineering Feats
Ancient Corinth flourished as a powerful city-state from around the 8th century BC until its decline in the 2nd century BC, while the construction of the Corinth Canal began in the late 19th century AD and was completed in the late 19th century.
Stepping into ancient history, and visiting the ruins of Ancient Corinth, one of the most powerful centers in ancient Greece, is an unforgettable experience. The city was once a bustling economic hub, a flourishing center of trade, and a seat of political and cultural influence. Today, visitors can explore the ruins of the city, including important sites like the Agora and Temple of Apollo, and learn about their significance in Greek civilization.
As you enter the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth, you’ll see the remnants of a once-great city. Walking through the majestic pillars of the long peristyle of the Agora, the center of social, commercial, and political life in Corinth, brings to life the genius of the ancient Greeks. The Temple of Apollo, built to honor the protector of the city, stands tall and proud, inviting visitors to explore its ruins and marvel at the architectural brilliance of the ancient civilization.
As you meander through the ruins, you’ll come across the Peirene Fountain, one of the most important water sources in Ancient Corinth. The fountain was an essential part of the city’s infrastructure and was considered sacred to the ancient Greeks. It is also said to be part of the 12 labors of Hercules, who is believed to have tamed the natural spring, which flowed dangerously to flood the town. Also, it was in the midst of the 1st century A.D. that Saint Paul graced this illustrious city, seeking solace and employment alongside the esteemed Jewish craftsmen Aquila and Priscilla. following a remarkable eighteen-month stay in Corinth, Saint Paul embarked on a journey to Ephesus, leaving behind a flourishing and meticulously structured community of Christianity that he had diligently established within the city’s walls. Corinth, an esteemed Roman imperial colony and the esteemed capital of Achaea, basked in an era of immense affluence under Roman rule.
From Ancient Corinth, we move on to witness the marvel of modern engineering, the Corinth Canal. The canal is a remarkable engineering feat, connecting the Gulf of Corinth in the west to the Saronic Gulf in the east, splitting Greece’s Peloponnese from the mainland. The canal, which dates back to ancient times, was finally completed in the late 19th century, and today it is a popular spot for tourists.
As we approach the Corinth Canal from the lookout point, you can appreciate the scales and dimensions of this engineering marvel. The canal is 78 ft wide at the surface, 70 ft wide at the bottom, and 3.9 miles long, with sheer walls towering over 300 ft above the canal bed. We recommend you take the opportunity some time to boat along the canal to gain a unique perspective and see the ancient and modern engineering that spans thousands of years.
The Corinth Canal is a perfect illustration of the creative genius of the ancient Greeks and modern-day engineering. Its history and significance as a passage between the Aegean and Ionian seas contribute much to the proud heritage of Greece.
In conclusion, a visit to Ancient Corinth and the Corinth Canal is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that combines history, culture, and engineering. You will gain a new appreciation for the achievements of Greek civilization, both in the remarkable structures of Ancient Corinth and the modern-day engineering marvel of the Corinth Canal. The visit will provide unforgettable memories and a new perspective on the glory and grandeur of Greece’s past and present.
Tour Reference Code: TOUR-N002
Licensed Tour Guide upon request
Meeting & Pickup: We can pick up travelers from their chosen meeting point
Accessibility: Not wheelchair accessible, Stroller accessible, Infant seats or booster seats available upon request
Health Restrictions: Not recommended for travelers with serious medical conditions or heart problems
Languages: English, German, Greek
What is included
● Bottled water
● Private transportation
● Taxes and tolls
What is excluded
● Personal Expenses
● A Licensed Guide for the Archeological sites
● Entrance Fee for the Archeological Sites
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George Moutavelis & Maria Komma Moutaveli