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A May 2003 trip to Corinth by Re Carroll

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Quote: The highlight of my visit to Corinth was the archaeological site of ancient Corinth. As well as the impressive remains of temples, fountains, and more, it is also a place where ancient legends and myths read like plots in a soap opera.

Ancient Soap Operas

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Overview

The Corinth canal Photo, Corinth, Greece
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Crossing the Corinth canal was quite an experience. Completed in 1893, this engineering marvel provides a quick route between the Ionian and Aegean seas and the view from the top is spectacular. I found the town rather plain and unexciting but the nearby site of ancient Corinth was a totally different story. In the 8th century BC, Corinth was a major commercial center and one of the most powerful cities in ancient Greece. Its location on a narrow isthmus between the two seas made it an important trading route which added to its reputation as a very wealthy city. The drawback to all this wealth and power was the continual wars and invasions because of jealous and greedy neighb...Read More

Hotel Apollon

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Hotel

Hotel Apollon Photo, Corinth, Greece
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Many hotels in Greece lure travelers with an attractive lobby only to find that the rooms are a far cry from attractive or clean. The Apollon was actually a reverse of that trend. I was prepared to bypass the hotel completely after seeing a bare lobby in a state of disrepair, but the reception clerk must have noticed my backpack and hurried outside to ask me to come in and look at the rooms. It was hot, my pack was heavy so I thought "why not" which turned out to be a smart decision on my part. The hotel is being renovated and management wisely decided to do the guest rooms before tackling the rest of the hotel. The first good sign was an elevator which saved me from lugging my heavy pack up the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2003

Hotel Apollon
18 Pirinis
Corinth, Greece
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Axinos

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Restaurant

Axinos Photo, Corinth, Greece
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Axinos is one of a number of restaurants located on busy Damaskinou Street in new Corinth. The restaurant has two distinct dining areas - the taverna which I didn’t check out and a grouping of tables and chairs under a large blue and white striped awning across the street. With temperatures in the 90s outdoor dining was the way to go, especially when it included a view of the water so I was set. Although not fancy, Axinos is a bit more upscale than a regular taverna. Rather than just the standard red and white Greek wines, Chardonnay was also on the menu but at 22 euro per bottle, I opted for a beer. The menu featured pork, chicken, pasta and a good assortment of seafood. I started wi...Read More

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Axinos
Damaskinou 41
Corinth, Greece

Ancient Corinth

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Attraction

Ancient Corinth Photo, Corinth, Greece
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Parts of ancient Corinth's history reminded me of a soap opera. The first building I saw after entering the site was the Glauke Fountain, cut into natural rock. It was named after the princess of Corinth who was also the second wife of Jason (of the Argonauts fame). Jason’s first wife, Medea, was extremely annoyed about being tossed aside in favor of Glauke and to get even, she gave Glauke a poisoned scarf (talk about a woman scorned). As soon as Glauke put it on the scarf burst into flame. Poor Glauke jumped into the fountain in hopes of putting out the flames but she drowned in the attempt.Another legend surrounds the Peirene Fountain. Supposedly a woman, upon hearing that her son was killed, cr...Read More

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Ancient Corinth
Archaeological site of ancient Corinth
Corinth, Greece

Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth

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Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth Photo, Corinth, Greece
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Although the museum is part of the ancient site I'm listing it separately because 500 words isn't enough to adequately describe both the site and the museum together.The museum is easily recognized because of an outside display showcasing the different architectural styles of ancient Greek columns: Doric, Ionic and Corinthian. Doric is the simplest and oldest and Corinthian the most ornate and "newest" although we’re still talking 4th and 5th century BC.Inside, the museum contains a wealth of finds taken from the excavations in the area. Some of the originals of the more outstanding pieces are actually in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens with copies here in Corinth. The fac...Read More

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Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth

Corinth, Greece

About the Writer

Re Carroll

Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia

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