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The Story of the Corinth Canal

corinth canal from a bridge

The Corinth Canal connects the the Saronic Gulf in the southeast with the Gulf of Corinth in the northwest. The canal is 6.4 kilometers long and 21.3 meters wide. Because of this width, the canal is tightly packed and doesn't allow modern ships to pass through and thus having little economic importance. This man-made 4 miles long canal links the the Ionian Sea with the Aegean Sea. It was narrowly built in 1890s.

The Corinth Canal offers a slight separation between mainland of Greece and the Peloponnesian peninsula making it a view worth seeing while visiting Greece.

Although the canal cannot be used by the modern vessels as they are too wide, in the ancient times, ships could pass through this canal and save hundreds of miles. There was a desire to construct this canal in the 7th century BC, but it finally happened in 1980s and was completed by the Hungarians.

Places of attraction in and around the Corinth Canal

In order to fully enjoy the sight, you can use the pedestrian walkway on the bridge across the canal. If you are the adventurous type, you can sign up for bungee-jump from this bridge.
The Corinth Canal is believed to have great technical significance in its time. It prevents the 400 kilometers sail around the Peloponnesus for smaller ships

corinth canal from seaYou will have to ride on a boat, barge, or cruise ship that is small enough to sail through the Corinth Canal. After sailing for a while, the boat or the ship will come to a spot from where you can look up at the bridge and see people looking down at you. It’s a remarkable experience that cannot be completely justified with words.

You can also visit the post at Ismia on the Corinth Canal's Aegean port, enjoy a boat ride through the canal and come back the same way. On this boat ride, you will be able to take some amazing photos. The major attraction to look for is a carved plaque near the Ionian port of the canal on the south wall. This plaque was carved way back in 68 AD as a mark of tribute to the Roman Emperor Nero, who was the first one to order the excavation of the canal.

The ruins of the Ancient Corinth is another popular sight to visit. The Roman and Hellenistic (late Greek) of Corinth can be seen in Archea Korinthos, the modern-day village. In the center of this site you will find the forum or Agora---the ruins of old temples/buildings.

Although the city had covered around 15 km, what you visit today will be ancient walls spread out in the village of Archea Korinthos. Another must-visit place in the village of the Ancient Corinth is the Temple of Apollo.

The Corinth canal may not be valuable from the perspective of the economy and its role in helping ships sail though, it is yet an idyllic place to visit along with some of the other attractions mentioned.

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