Day trip to the ancient city of wealth

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temple of appolon
Corinth is not as famous as Sparta or Olympia, but still, if you know its past, the place will offer a great experience. This is the place where the Corinthian order, Corinthian helmet was developed. This is the place where the first coin of Greece was created. The city was a prevailing economic power rivaled with Athens and Thebe through out the classical era. Classical Corinth was completely destroyed after a siege by Romans in 146 BC. The reconstruction was started by Julius Caesar from 40 BC, and the city became an economic center again in the Roman time. Most ruin you can see today is created during this period.

There are a bus from the bus terminal for Peloponnesos in Athens, but it will only stops at modern Corinth, and from there you have to take another one for ancient Corinth.
agora and acropolis
its about 20 minutes.

The site is dotted with village houses and olive bush, which is a typical view of rural area. You can hardly imagine that there was a brilliant city state, whos merchant and ship traveled to most place of the Mediterranean, until the ruin of the Temple of Appolo and the theatre jumps into your sight. The ancient city is divided into mainly two parts, the upper agora with several temples, fountains and a museum, the lower part containing a theatre. Among the remains of the Roman agora, you can find  the fountain of Peirene and the lower fountain of Glauke, with the rhythm of their stream that echoed for 3000 years.

If you have some knowledge of ancient Greece, you may feel strange at the site. Where is the acropolis? Every ancient city was developed from settlement on a hill or small mountain, and later it became a fortress and sacred space for temples, called as acropolis.
agora
But you can find no such hill near the ruin of ancient agora. Ok, raise your eyes, so you can see a series of cliff far from where you are standing, the Acrocorinth. That was the acropolis of ancient Cotinth, which contained temple complex dedicated to Aphrodite, famous for its temple prostitutes. And has been used as a fortress through out the medieval time.

There are no bus travels from the village to Acrocorinth, so you have to use a taxi to get to the entrance. The fortress is very vast, and complicated. It seems the stone path has not been repaired for thousands of years, so bring a good pair of shoes. If you have enough time to spend, maybe you can find the remain of the Temple, or the upper fountain of Glauke. And try to climb to the top of it, so you can see Corinthia under your feet, and the Corinthian gulf.

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temple of appolon
temple of appolon
agora and acropolis
agora and acropolis
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agora
ancient corinthian
ancient corinthian
column that once stand at the temp…
column that once stand at the tem…
mosaic flore
mosaic flore
agora
agora
fountain of peirene, there are mai…
fountain of peirene, there are ma…
roman road
roman road
a temple
a temple
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entrance to acropolis(acrocorinth…
view from acrocorinth
view from acrocorinth
medieval fortress
medieval fortress
gate to inner part
gate to inner part
gate from the other side
gate from the other side
view from acrocorinth
view from acrocorinth
road climb up to acrocorinth
road climb up to acrocorinth
view of corinth and gulf of corinth
view of corinth and gulf of corinth
way to inner part
way to inner part
temple of appolon
temple of appolon
marble statues once decorated the …
marble statues once decorated the…
statue and relief
statue and relief
mosaic flore
mosaic flore
fountain of peirene
fountain of peirene
roman agora
roman agora
acrocorinth
acrocorinth
slope of acrocorinth
slope of acrocorinth
there are more than 4 lairs of wall
there are more than 4 lairs of wall
view of corinthia
view of corinthia
remain of a turkish canon
remain of a turkish canon
gate to inner country yard
gate to inner country yard
country yard of acrocorinth. its a…
country yard of acrocorinth. its …
way to the top of acrocorinth
way to the top of acrocorinth
fortress of acrocorinth
fortress of acrocorinth
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