@ Corinth

We had to cross the Canal of Corinth to reach the Peloponnese, where we want to spend the next month.

Canal of Corinth at night

We came up with 4 things we connect with Corinth:

– the canal of Corinth
– Corinthian columns
– the letters of Saint Paul to the Corinthians (New Testament)
– Corinthian raisins

We went to explore all four and more.

Our parking for the night directly at the canal
Canal in the morning

The canal cuts 6.4 km through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the mainland. It was dug at sea level and has no locks. With only 21.4 metres at its base, it is impassable for most modern ships.
The canal was already proposed in classical times and a failed effort was made in the 1st century AD. Finally construction started in 1881 and was completed in 1893. Due to the canal’s narrowness, navigational problems and landslides from its steep walls, it failed to attract sufficient traffic.

Bridge at the end of the canal …
… which disappears when boats are entering or leaving

After walking to the western end of the canal we had spent the night near the pedestrian bridge in the middle. (Position on park4night) The next morning we stopped at the bar at the eastern end to watch boats coming and going before we finally drove on to Ancient Corinth.

Apollo Temple

Ancient Corinth was one of the largest and most important cities of Greece, with a population of 90,000 in 400 BC. The Romans demolished Corinth in 146 BC, built a new city in its place in 44 BC, and later made it the provincial capital of Greece.

Corinthian column
Archeological Museum
Black-figure pottery – a major export good of Corinth
Krater from the 6th century BC

Beautiful coins
Pirene fountain

Pirene is the name of a fountain or spring in Greek mythology, located in Corinth. It was said to be a favored watering-hole of Pegasus, sacred to the Muses. Poets would travel there to drink and receive inspiration.
1. Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians
About 50 AD, during his second missionary journey, Paul founded the church in Corinth. While staying in Ephesus he received disconcerting news of the community in Corinth regarding jealousies, rivalry, and immoral behaviour. The letters written to correct what he saw as erroneous views in the Corinthian church become part of the New Testament.

Street fight!
Parking for the night

Acrocorinth, the acropolis of ancient Corinth, is situated on a monolithic rock overseeing the ancient city of Corinth. 3000 metres long walls circle the hill. The side of the entrance was protected by a moat and 3 powerful fortification walls.

With its secure water supply, Acrocorinth’s fortress was repeatedly used as a last line of defense in southern Greece because it commanded the Isthmus of Corinth, repelling foes from entry by land into the Peloponnese peninsula.

Reaching the second gate …
… and the third gate

Remains of a church

Remains of a mosque

Main tower
Incredible view from the Acropolis
Old construction ūüėČ
Entering the tower
Watch dog at the fountain
Historic fountain at the foot of the mountaintop to refill our water tank
Using our filters to clean the water
Great drinking water for our tank
Greek professional hand wash

Outside of Corinth we found a truck wash, where our caravan was taken care of. The dirt accumulated during the last month had to go and a very shiny caravan appeared. (Position now on park4night)

Marino’s Truck Wash
Flower of the Day

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