"Corinth Canal" Ancient Corinth by FruitLover

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The Corinth Canal is a canal connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It separates the Peloponnesian peninsula from the Greek mainland and therefore effectively makes it an island.

The canal is 6.3 km in length and was built between 1881 and 1893. It saves the 400 km long journey around the Peloponnesos for smaller ships, but since it is only 23 m wide, it is too narrow for modern ocean freighters. The canal is nowadays mostly used by tourist ships; 11,000 ships per year travel through the waterway.

At each end of the canal, seashore roads cross using unique submersible bridges that are lowered to the canal bottom to allow maritime traffic to pass.

The first attempt to build a canal at the place was carried out by the tyrant Periander or Periandros in 7th century BC. He abandoned the project due to its technical difficulties and constructed an overland stone ramp, named Diolkos instead. Remnants of Diolkos still exist today next to the modern canal. Later in 67AD the philhellene Roman emperor Nero ordered 6,000 slaves to dig a canal with spades.

  • Last visit to Ancient Corinth: Jan 2006
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Be interesting watching this!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2008 at 5:14 AM

    It was Janetanne's pages that i first heard about this canal - hope to see it if im in the area.

  • SWFC_Fan's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Thanks for dropping by my Santorini page. Have fun at the Euromeet! I haven't visited the Corinth Canal yet during my trips to Greece - I'll have to take a boat trip along there some day!

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2007 at 5:29 AM

    Ship lover definately, lovely photo's ;-)

  • DPando's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2006 at 2:48 PM

    such a wonderful pics!"!!!! nice

  • hekate's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2006 at 11:53 PM

    lol, seems like watching the ships was the only thing you did there :)

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