Between the Greek mainland and Peloponnesus peninsula are the extensive ruins of ancient Corinth. Of the city’s former magnificence, only a few Doric columns of the 6th century Temple of Apollo have survived. Due to its favorable location and fertile soil, 3000 years ago during the Neolithic period, the first settlements were established in this region.
146 BC marked the end of Classical Corinth. The Romans devastated and plundered the ancient metropolis and enslaved its people and for almost a hundred years, the ruins were uninhabited but, due to Caesar, new life returned to the city.
Surrounded by the pure, wild beauty of nature, the ruins blend harmoniously into the magnificence of the surrounding landscape. From a medieval fortress, in the distance there are the remains of an ancient Corinthian port and even today, shipping plays an important role in the everyday life of this ancient city.
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