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Travel Tips for Ancient Corinth
It is 4 km from Ancient Corinth, a large castle on the top of the mountain. There are three gates, the lower fortification is turkish, the middle venetian and the higher byzantine. You can also see ruins from a minaret, ottoman graves, orthodox churches...
The lake is 27 km west of Nemea, almost the same distance from Kiato, a nice waterfront town near Corinth. In the summer it dries out and leaves a dry plain.
It was the place of the man-eating stymphalian birds, which they were killed by Hercules (a greek myth). Stymphalia is still famous for birds, as it is a renowned bird and nature sanctuary.
Just 90 minutes from Athens, you are really somewhere else... Even nowadays, it is an unknown place!
One of the largest Stoa of Ancient Greece
Within the main excavated site of Ancient Corinth dominated by the remains of the Roman city,at the edge of the enormous marketplace, or agora, are the foundations of a huge stoa, once a building of several storeys, with 33 shops on the ground floor.
The information provided on site tells us that this Stoa, built in the late 4th century BC, was one of the largest in Ancient Greece covering 0.4 hectare. It had a facade with 71 Doric columns and an internal colonnade with 34 Ionic columns.
During the Roman period - 1st century BC to 3rd centuries AD, conversions were made - including the making of a paved road to Kenchreai through the middle of the stoa!
The stoa was eventually abandoned in 6 AD.
A Roman theatre, another building built for the public by Emperor Hadrian's wealthy friend Herodes Atticus, who built the Fountain of Peirenes here at Ancient Corinth and many of Athens' Roman public buildings, is just outside the main entrance to the main excavation site of Ancient Corinth.
Also enclosed by a wire fence for viewing from the roads that surround the site there are substantial remains of this theatre that can be seen.
once upon a time an important city
Ancient Corinth located 7km south of the modern city of Corinth (the new city was built after the big earthquake of 1858). Although the modern Corinth has nothing to offer to a tourist, the Ancient Corinth is an interesting and easy day trip from Athens which is 85km away(the organized tour come in the morning and return in Athens in noon).
By the way, it seems that the area was inhabited since 4000 BC (probably the huge amounts of waters is the main reason). Aeolic tribes were there before 1000BC but it was the Dorians at about 900BC that came here after taking Megaris from Athens. One century after Korinthian people established colonies at Syracusses and Corfu and that brought a lot of money to the economy of Corinth so the city of Corinth became as big at the other big powers of that era. After fighting against the Persian army they fought against Athens that had a new big navy power. During the peloponese war Corinth fought together with Sparta and Athens lost but during the Corinthian war they joined forces with Athens!
The city of Corinth destroyed by Romans in 146BC although it was rebuilt in 44BC by Julius Ceasar.
During the ottoman occupation the Acrocorinth changed hands many times and after the greek revolution Corinth some had the idea to be the capital of Greece but of course the big earthquake a few years later (1858) put the plan in history. The new city of Corinth was built 7km away but it was destroyed also by another earthquake in 1928!
The archeological site of Ancient Corinth has a lot to offer to the visitor with the Temple of Apollo as the most impressive building of all. There is also a museum inside the site where you can see several objects that have been found at the area of Corinth. After that you can visit the Acrocorinth, at the hill above the Ancient Corinth with an old castle and great view over the Ancient Corinth and in general.
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