ATHENS - CORINTH CANAL (short stop) - ANCIENT CORINTH
Organized from April - October, on Mondays & Fridays.
OUR PRICE = 59.00 euro p.p.
Starting from 07.30am the bus picks up clients
from the hotels, brings them to the terminal in the centre of Athens,
and departs from the terminal at 08.30am.
Drive Southwards through the industrial city of Elefsis, home of
the ancient Elefsinian Mysteries, the most
important cult religion of antiquity before
The drive to Corinth offers
a variety of landscape viewing the Saronic Gulf and its islands,
until we reach the Corinth Canal.(short stop). The 6,346 m
long isthmus, is one of the 4 pre-20th century,
man-made waterways on earth. The canal connects the Aegean Sea (East)
with the Ionian Sea (West). The view is breathtaking.
The opening of the canal was a very
old idea. At the western entrance a paved way on which the ancient Corinthians
pulled the ships on greased tree trunks from the one side to the other can be seen.
Finally, the canal was finished and opened, only in 1893.
The town of ancient Corinth where St. Paul lived, worked and
preached for two years is 7km. from the canal, at the base of the hill of Acrocorinth.
Acrocorinth was the Acropolis of Corinth and it rises about 600 m. (1800 ft).
Ruins of a temple of Aphrodite, dominating the site, can be seen here.
Back in the ancient times Corinth was the capital of Roman Greece and one of the richest
cities and this is quite evident by its remains. A huge agora (market place) and Apollos
Temple (6th C.B.C). 7 of the 38 columns still stand.
The ancient city of Corinth has been destroyed 3 times
in its past and was rebuilt from scratch. The Romans seized, destroyed,
and burned the city (146BC) to the ground.
When Paul arrived in Corinth (51 AD) he arrived in a newly built city.
The Corinthians, by controlling the Corinth canal, collected a lot of money, and as a result
of the wealth that they had, they were living a very immoral life.
You can see the remains of the theatre and the Roman Odeon, while among the ruins
of the Roman Agora you can see the row of shops where Paul worked as a tent maker,
together with Aquila and Priscilla, as well as the Bema, where Paul was judged
by the Roman Governor, when the Jews of Corinth accused him.
Here in Corinth Paul created one of the biggest Christian communities in Europe.
Read about Paul's life in Corinth on the left hand side column of this page.
After exploring the museum and the site we proceed to the ancient
port of Cechreae from where St. Paul left for his return to Ephessus in 52AD.
Return to Athens +/- 14.00.
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