Thursday, February 7, 2008

Acrocorinth and Ancient Corinth

Acrocorinth Ancient Corinth 
Left: Acrocorinth. Right: Corinth Apollo temple.

The Acrocorinth was a pleasant surprise to us. We stopped there first because it was first site you come to driving from Nafplion. We spent a few hours exploring and then headed down to Ancient Corinth which is further north and lower in the valley. Seeing both sites in one day is a complete day. Plan to spend 2+ hours at each site, plus travel time between them. 

Acrocorinth is the acropolis of Ancient Corinth. Ancient Corinth is a few kilometers southeast of the modern city of Corinth.

Ancient Corinth is similar to several of the sites we had seen already: an archaeological site and associated museum (another nice one here). Usually, you pay to get in. Acrocorinth, however, is a different beast. It’s free to get in, but there isn’t any signage to provide context on what you are looking at and the site is quite large and hilly. However, if the weather is nice and you want to just wander around puzzling out what this was or that was, plus, get some great views, then this is the place for you. We found some pottery shards which later we could confirm were from about 1100 A.D. (We left them in place.)

Pottery Shards at Acrocorinth
Shards observed at Acrocorinth.

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