Isthmus of Corinth – Ancient Corinth
Isthmus of Corinth is a trademark, a must place to go. Let us show you that famous landmark, together with the Ancient Corinth, the city that played such an important role in Ancient Greece and it is also famous because of St Paul and his stay there.
We start from Athens and in an hour drive we arrive to Isthmus of Corinth, to admire the amazing construction of the Corinth Canal. Some facts you should know about the Isthmus:
It is the narrow land that connects the Peloponnese Peninsula with the mainland Greece.
It was the Ancient Greeks who first thought of cutting the Isthmus and creating the Canal as a shortcut for the boats, so they don’t have to sail around the Peloponnese Peninsula.
The first attempt to make the Canal was from the tyrant Periander but it was soon abandoned.
The final attempt – that created what we know today, started on 23 of April 1882. It was completed 11 years later and the grand opening was celebrated on 25th of July 1893.
The length of the Isthmus is 6.4 km and the width is 2.14 meters. That is why large ships can’t cross it.
After we admire the place and the view, we continue our trip to the ancient city of Corinth, one of the most important and largest cities- state during the ancient times. Due to its position on the Isthmus of Corinth, the ancient city was a main trading post, a rich place full of visitors and life. The remains include the marketplace, the Temple of Apollo and of course the Acrocorinth the acropolis of Ancient Corinth that oversees the city.
After we finish visiting these important places we return to Athens.
Full: €8 / Reduced: €4 for both tickets for the Museum and the Archaeological Site
Reduced ticket : European citizens over 65 years old,
University students Free entrance : people under 18 years old,
students from European Union
January 1st: closed
March 25th꞉ closed
May 1st: closed
Easter Sunday: closed
December 25th: closed
December 26th: closed
Free admission days
March 6th (in memory of Melina Mercuri)
April 18th (international monuments day)
May 18th (international museums day)
Last weekend of September (European heritage days) October 28th
Every 1st Sunday from November to March