Epidavros, Ancient Corinth, Acrocorinth, Corinth Canal, Greece Week 114 June 3rd 2013
We took the short cut over the hills to Epidavros.

With a brief look back to admire the view.

Would you believe it.

This is the little theatre in the middle of Epidavros.

The real one is about 12 km back the way we came.

But we did admire the front row seats.
Epidavros has the Sanctuary of Asklepios.

A centre of healing.

The scaffold is for a bit of rebuilding.

Famous for its accoustics.

About 4th century BC.

Though the stone seats were later.

The circle is for the orchestra. The stage is just off to the left.

The Kataggion.

A hotel.

A very square building. Four squares.

The Hestiatorion.

4th - 3rd century BC.

Ritual meals relating to the cult of Asklepios were consumed.

The pile of stones to the right is the outside of the theatre.


Not part of the pan-Hellenic games (of which Olympic Games were part).

Greece likes rebuilding bits of its ancient monuments.

Marble, not polystyrene.

And so the Enkoimeterion has been a bit rebuilt.

The cure starts downstairs to the left.

Then the sick move upstairs to the right.

We estimate that at the rate this block was put in place that the rebuilding effort has the appearance of painting Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Once complete its time to start again.

Though that may be an optimistic estimate. In this case it may be time to start again before its finished.

The Temple of Asklepios.

380 - 370 BC.

It seems to us that the "sanctuaries" like Olympia and Epiavros are targeted at particular gods with particular functions and contain temple, stadium, accommodation.

This particular god is a doctor.

And a complete change.

In the blink of an eye we are at Ancient Corinth.

The Temple of Apollo.

About 6th century BC.

How could anyone visit Greece without taking a photograph of some columns against a blue sky?

Simple doric columns in this case.

With evidence of later Roman occupation.
Corinth appears as more of a town centre than a sanctuary.

This is part of the north west shops.

The Peirene Fountain.

Rebuilt a few times. The last time by the Romans.

We could hear the water running underneath.

Inside a recent stone building. Unlabeled.

An interesting looking mosaic.

The South Stoa.

4th century BC.

Its taking us some time to learn the language. Stoa is simply a covered walkway or portico.

Usually a row of columns to hold the roof up.

Acrocorinth is on the hills in the background.
Temple E.

Must have stumped the archeologists.

And we guessed that these were corinthian columns, appropriate for Corinth.

We searched the museum for a hint of who the Corinthians were.

And what the connection with biblical letters to Corinthians may have been.

But alas, we found pottery and this interesting looking sphynx.

An older style museum.
The road runs through the middle of the ruin.

On the north side is the old theatre.

And a Roman Odeon.

Corinth grew rich from having a port on either side of the isthmus connecting the Peloponese Penninsular to the mainland.

Protected by the fortress of Acrocorinth above.

Three layers of fortifications.

The first row.

It was a long drive up the hill.

And its a long walk to the top.

Was it dropped or did someone misfire it?

Typical brittle fracture.

The other half wasn't anywhere in sight.

The inner gate.

We spent a little while trying to make sense of the different styles of stonework.

And failed miserably.

There's suggestions of Cyclopean, Venetian, Ottoman, etc. 

So we contented ourselves with the view across the Gulf of Corinth.
One end of the Corinth Canal which is cut through the isthmus.
Almost aerial view of ancient Corinth.

Its a long way down.

Maybe the canon was overloaded.


Lots of them.

The bit in the middle was closed.

We walked almost round the walls by the time we realised how far it was.

This is from the high point which used to have a tower.

Inside the fortress there were once houses for about 1500 people.

They fled from the plain when threatened.

Remains of one of the churches.

And remains of a minaret.

Above the inaccessible cistern.

And so down the hill to the car park where we camped.

Three ancient sites in one day, and 120 km of driving, was a heavy day.

The flag was a bit of a giveaway.

Ian. A lone Kiwi cyclist.

Day three of three months cycling in the Peloponese Penninsular.

Water and salt provided.

There's a bit more fortification on the next hill but we decided not to attack it.
Instead we headed north.

Along the isthmus, across the Corinth Canal.

21m wide at the water.

The ship is the Seabourn Spirit. Registered in Nassau.

Presumably sister ship of the Seabourn Odyssey that we saw in the Bay of Kota.

We've since learned that Greece has relaxed the old rule of cruise ships having to have a percentage of Greek sailors in their crews.

The number of cruise ships visiting has increased.

From the north side of the gulf.

The high spot on the other side is the site of Acrocorinth.

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