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7 remaining Doric columns of Apollo's temple
In 146 BC the Romans defeated the Greek city-states of the Achaean League and razed the the site to the ground. The city lay in ruins before being rebuilt on a grand scale by Julius Caesar in 44 BC.
The city endured until rocked by two major earthquakes in the 4th and 6th centuries AD which brought down the Roman buildings and depopulated the site until a brief Byzantine period in the 11th century.
The main focus of this site here in central Ancient Corinth is the rare survival from the Classical Greek era of the 5th century BC temple of Apollo.
7 Doric columns remain, standing slightly above the level of the forum and flanked by the foundations of another market place and baths.
The ruins of the ancient city of Corinth, which once displaced Athens as Capital of the Greek province during Roman times, ramble over a vast area - the city walls once had a 15km circuit! The main enclosure is the central area which has been excavated and encompasses the Roman forum and the temple of Apollo.
The most standout site are the ruins of the medieval city on the ancient acropolis site towering 565 metres above the ancient city. Acrocorinth became one of Greece's most powerful fortresses during the middle ages.
Its a 4 kilometre climb - about an hours walk or a few minutes by car - and the views are recommended over the Gulf of Korinthos and Saronic Gulf and with binoculars or a good zoom you can get good close views or shots down to the central area of the ancient city.
Included in the admission ticket to the site is a visit to the museum which is a few metres in from the main entrance with a good collection of statues, grave stones, domestic pieces, and Greek and Roman mosaics from villas in the locality.
Along with the opening times of the main excavated site, times are really inadequate with its 'winter' opening times which continue into late May meaning that everything shuts early at 3pm. So beware and be aware and plan your day to arrive at sites like these early.
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.
The elaborate fountain of Peirene stands below the level of the agora, to the side of an excavated stretch of the marble paved Lechaion Way - which was the main approach to the city.
On the site of a natural spring which still flows through underground cisterns and supplies the modern village of Arhea Corinth. The water was channelled into a magnificent fountain and pool in the courtyard within a colonnaded and frescoed recess which had been provided as a gift from Herodes Atticus, a weathly Athenian and friend of Emperor Hadrian.
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.
Apparently many sites around Greece that show any bearings of Ottoman or Turkish occupation have been defaced or removed - but here at the beginnning of the ascent up to the acropolis site of Ancient Corinth, Acrocorinth is the still used fountain from Ottoman days, of Hatzi Mustafa.
It has since been christianized with crosses but the turkish or arabic inscriptions can be clearly seen.
The Roman city of Ancient Corinth had such wealth and covered such an area that the walls around it made a 15 kilometre circuit.
The main site for visiting today is the main excavated site of the centre of Ancient Corinth which is enclosed and has opening and closing times for visiting - but can be seen through the wire fence enclosures.
but there are many remains from the old city around the area and through the modern village of Ancient Corinth now called Arhea Korinthos.
Just as exciting to see the ancient remains of Corinth - where Apostle Paul in the Bible was for 2 years and where his prominent letter to the Corinthians was written to - its exciting to drive and walk around the village and area and come across walls or sites that are obviously from the remains of the ancient city that stood here before us!
Here in the museum are some very good Greek and Roman mosaics from nearby.
One of the photos is of a mosaic depicting a pastoral scene which was part of a larger floor from a Roman villa found at Ancient Corinth from 150-200 AD.
Across the road from the main site, in another enclosed site, you can see through the enclosing fence the outlines of a large Greek theatre - according to the Rough Guide it was adapted by the Romans for gladiatorial sea battles.
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