We found this old Roman footbridge on one of our many side-journeys while driving around the Peloponnese in Greece. It’s called the Arkadiko Bridge, and was built in Mycenaean times, approx 1300 BC. That’s over 3300 years ago, and it’s still standing (there are 4 such-brides in the Peloponnese. It is also one of the oldest arch bridges in the world, and is still in use! I wonder if the bridge-builders though that over 3000 years layer there would still be traffic over it.
Do you want to watch a show in the oldest theatre in the world? Then this is the pace to go to. The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is perched on the side of the ancient Acropolis in Athens. It was built in 161, and was eventually renovated in 1950. Its not quite as old as its neighbour, the Theatre of Dionysus which has been around since the 4 century BCE.
The theatre is still open for shows, (you can buy tickets here).
The Temple of Hephaistos is one of two original buildings in the Ancient Agora in Athens. The other is the Church of the Holy Apostles. Hephaestus was the god of metal working, craftsmanship, and fire; essentially the god of engineers, and I find it somewhat amusing that the building dedicating the engineer is the one that survived!
Actually the building was used far beyond its original purpose, including as a Greek Orthodox Church, which partly explains its well-preserved state.
This is one of the many olives groves in Greece. We stumbled on this particular one because Google Maps insisted that there was a road between two towns, but as we quickly discovered, it started out as a road, then became a jeep track, and finally a thin path down into a farm somewhere. So while we got to see this wonderful olive grove, we were, in fact lost!
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.
And slightly more recently (relatively speaking),
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.
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.
Corinth Archaeological Site