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Ancient Corinth is a major attraction of Prefecture of Corinth(Corinthia in greek) 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.

  • Last visit to Ancient Corinth: May 2009
  • Intro Updated Aug 16, 2013
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  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2015 at 5:34 AM

    Nice page with pictures and info.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    This looks like a fascinating archeological site.
    Too bad about all the earthquakes, though.

    • mindcrime's Profile Photo
      Jul 10, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      Greece is in love with earthquakes :) hopefully constructions now made with this in mind so all buildings are built to be safe during earthquakes (unlike what happens in turkey)

  • Aitana's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    This page brings back good memories. Corinth was the first place I visited once I settled in the Peloponese.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Oh, it's a great world famous site indeed.... Thanks for your presentation, Konstantinos!...

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2009 at 2:51 AM

    Fantastic tips about a place I dream of visiting. Thank you for tour.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2009 at 9:19 PM

    Your excellent page makes me feel very sorry I missed ancient Corinth. Very informative!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Hi, nice tips and page here thanks, glad you got here too, and also thanks for visiting my pg!the winter closing time when I was there in May last year was a shock horror 1500 hours though!many upset tourists and business people in the area!

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    fascinating, especially the myths. Nice little museum, complete with skeleton, and not overcrowded i'm sure, maybe like ephesus. Nothing like flowered paths. Great little page you made, K.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Woo Hoo, I got to be the first to rate this wonderful page. Oh I am jealous. You got to see such a historic site. Simply wonderous!


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