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Historical Corinth

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Temple of Apollo

Corinth is an especially interesting place to visit. You have the ancient Greek history, it is where Oedipus was raised before he famously played his father and married his mother. Agamemnon lead many Corinthians in the Trojan War, and and Jason (As in the Argonauts) spent time there.

Cds IMG 5722And slightly more recently (relatively speaking),
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Paul preached to the Corinthians, and his later letters to the Corinthians because 2 books of the Bible, so the history spans a huge period of time.

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Corinth Archaeological site

The ancient city is not a huge site but it is extremely well signposted and once of the most interesting sites I have visited. You can easily spend a few hours wondering around the site.

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Corinth Archaeological Site

Getting lost somewhere near Corinth

Sometimes its good to get a little lost. That happened to us after we had visited the Corinth Canal footbridge in Greece. We were driving down a small rural road, and I saw this old car parked in a field. I’m sure by its condition that it had been parked for a very long time.

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It’s an American truck, sitting in a field in a Greek farm, I really wonder just how it got there.

Corinth Canal

The Corinth Canal chops the Peloponnese peninsula off the mainland of Greece.

Cds IMG 3497We found this lovely little footbridge crossing the canal, and if you looked down the canal you could see the water of the canal, going all the way from the Adriatic sea to the Aegina sea. While its only about 6km long, it reduces the shipping distance by over 300km. It was built in the 1880’s – before the Suez and Panama canals, although to be fair it is much shorter.

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When I say we found it, we had to look really hard for it, quite literally driving down a dirt road past a rubbish dump to eventually find this footbridge across the canal. It was worth the drive because the bridge has such lovely lines, and the view up and down the canal is spectacular.

Temple of Apollo, Aegina

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This temple is the first of the many ancient Greek ruins I have visited. It is one of the many temples dedicated to Apollo in Greece. There is not much left of the temple; only a single standing column is remaining. The temple is a short walk from Aegina Town, and it has a lovely little museum attached to the site. It was a peaceful temple to visit; there were only 2 other people visiting it; so you have plenty of time to wonder around the site in piece, and chat to the friendly staff working in the museum.

A very different experience from the noisy and crowed (yet magnificent) Acropolis.

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Athenian Treasury

One of the first things you see when you walk up to path to the Temple of Apollo one of the first things you see is the Athenian Treasury. It was here that gifts and donations to the temple were left by pilgrims going to visit the oracle. The treasury was built around 500BCE, over 2500 years ago.

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