Corinth Tours

Before taking the Corith tours you must have some knowledge of the ancient city. Ancient Corinth was one of the biggest and greatest Greek cities. It was firstly inhabited in the Neolithic Age, however the origin of its inhabitants it hasn`t been cleared up. The ancient Corinthian city was lying in the plain below Acrocorinth`s fortress.

Its position was of great strategical and economic importance. It was situated between the Saronic and the Corinthian gulf, in the narrow band of land which joins the central Greek land with Peloponnesus. In this way, it had the control of the ships which carried out the trade between eastern Greek and Italy, as well as the control of the entrance to Peloponnesus. These reasons and also its fertile plain had made it a rich and powerfull city and a great marine force. Its first great flourish was marked in the Archaic Times when it was governed by Vakheades` family at first and the tyrants Kypselos and Periandros later. At that time it founded its colonies of Corfu and Syracuses (in Sicily) and it was a great pottery center, while its ceramic products were in great demand all over the Mediterranean.

Worth seeing places:

East of the gate, there are the remains of Pirini tap which was in use from the ancient times till the end of 19th century. Going down in the tap`s yard, embellished by "Herod the Attic" in the second AD century, there are six drawing-up pools which communicate with a bigger one of 400 cubic meters capacity. According to the legent, there where two Pirini`s taps: one on the top of Acrocorinth`s hill and another on the hill`s foot. North of Pirini tap, there is Apollo`s temple enclosure which is constituted by a yard surrunded by arcades, in some of which Ionian pilars were found. According to Pausanias, inside the enclosure there was a statue of Apollo. Near, there are a bath`s traces of the 5th or 6th century, on the ruins of which Roman Baths were built (probably by the Spartan Euryklis, as Pausanias mentions). West of Lecheo street, there are the foundations of a big Roman Royal church which was at first built with porous stone and then it was rebuilt with marble.

Krini Pirini

A) At the west of the market, remarkable are the foundations of six small Roman temples, some of which Paysanias describes as the temple of godess Luck or Clarios Apollo, where he reports the existence of statues. Near, there are the ruins of circular pavilion monument, with columns of Corinthian style, which according to a Latin inscription found there it belonged to the Roman local lord Voio Philino.
B) In the center and north of the market, there were series of shops of the Roman and Imperial Times while at the south section of the market there were two series of fifteen central shops which framed the monumental platform on which the Roman governor presented in front of the the public. This monument is known in Cristianity`s history because Apostle Paul spoke for Cristianity on it, in front of the Achaia`s Roman official, Lucio Julius Galeona, in AD 52.
C) The ruins lying at the east end of the Roman market, belong to a building called Julia Royal and took its name by Julius Caesar`s and August`s statues that were roofed in it. In front of Julia Royal, the excavations of the American Scool of Classic Studies revealed pieces of limestone, building materials of the starting line of a Greek stadium.
D) South-west of the museum, there is a temple of the Roman Times, dedicated to the deified Roman empress Octavia, while at the north is the Glafki tap (bublic tap) which took the name of king Creonta`s daughter, who was the second wife of Jasson, the leader of the Argonautes. According to the mythology, Glafki fell into this spring in order to save herself from the flames that burnt her body when she wore the magic mantle that Jasson`s first wife sent her in order to take revenge.
E) In the ancient market, there are also various public buildings of the Roman Times and ruins of arcades and temples (Minerva`s, Juno`s and other deities). Apollo`s temple is lying on a low hill, at the north of the market, and it`s one of the most significant Archaic temples of Greece. It was built among BC 550 and 525, on the position of a sanctuary of the 7th BC century. It has the shape of a Doric pavilion temple. Nowadays, only seven of the thirty-eight monolithic columns, that supported the peristyle of the temple, are standing up. One can still see the temple`s shape thanks to the incisions made on the rock in order to put the foundations. Below the temple, there are the ruins of the theater ruins, which was built in the 4th BC century and rebuilt from the start in the first AD century.

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Suggested itenaries


3 Days Tour
3 days Argolis(Corinth-Mycenae-Nafplion-Epidaurus) and Olympia.
One overnight in Nafplion and one in Olympia.

4 Days Tour

4 days Argolis/Olympia/Delphi.
Day 1: Argolis overnight in Nafplion.
Day 2: Olympia and overnight there.
Day 3: Delphi and overnight there.
Day 4: Visit the Osios Loukas monastery and return back to Athens.

5 Days Tour

Day 1: Argolis overnight in Nafplion.
Day 2: Olympia and overnight there.
Day 3: Delphi and overnight there.
Day 4: Meteora and overnight there.
Day 5: Return back to Athens.

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