Acrocorinth, Corinth

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Acrocorinth, "Upper Corinth", the acropolis of ancient Corinth, is a monolithic rock overseeing the ancient city of Corinth, Greece. "It is the most impressive of the acropoleis of mainland Greece," in the estimation of George Forrest. Acrocorinth was continuously occupied from archaic times to the early 19th century. The city's archaic acropolis, already an easily defensible position due to its geomorphology, was further heavily fortified during the Byzantine Empire as it became the seat of the strategos of the thema of Hellas and later of the Peloponnese. It was defended against the Crusaders for three years by Leo Sgouros.Afterwards it became a fortress of the Frankish Principality of Achaea, the Venetians and the Ottoman Turks. With its secure water supply, Acrocorinth's fortress was used as the last line of defense in southern Greece because it commanded the Isthmus of Corinth, repelling foes from entry into the Peloponnese peninsula. Three circuit walls formed the man-made defense of the hill. The highest peak on the site was home to a temple to Aphrodite which was converted to a church, and then became a mosque. The American School's Corinth Excavations began excavations on it in 1929. Currently, Acrocorinth is one of the most important medieval castle sites of Greece.
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  • It's not just the ruins-it's a real Fortress. Very beautiful views. You have to be very careful-unusually slippery stones. Wear sneakers!
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  • Beautiful site, a fortress that covers in extension the whole top of the Hill, from where one can admire a panorama really terrific! You arrive by car to the parking lot and then walk, the climb is a bit tiring (especially if it's hot) and the rocks are slippery, but totally worth it! Eye only at the times, because the site closes at 15 (the custodian delivers a cutting at the entrance just to verify that at that time are all come out), and it takes at least 1 hour to see everything!
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  • The view is beautiful, the site closes at 3 pm, walking shoes are almost mandatory because it is a sharp rise.
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  • Quite a huge site scattered across the hills. There aren't many intact artifacts left to see, but by wondering around the hilly site, one have a sense of scale of life then. A fair bit of walking on cobblestones and rocky paths - so wear comfortable shoes. Worth a few hours of your time as you walk to the talk for a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape and view out to the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Amazing place. Not set up for all tourists and bring good hiking boots, but by far my favorite place. No crowd and you can get up close and personal to the expansive ruins. Even found artifacts, yes I alerted the personal there. WOW
  • Really nice views and a great hidden place. Be prepared for quite a long hike up though. Best part? It's free
  • Amazing place but.... not a walk for the faint hearted. The cobblestone and loose stone are treacherous to walk on and there are no hand rails. Good shoes are a must. And allow plenty of time. You will love it.
  • Great view over the Corinth isthmus. Entrance is free of charge. Long curvy way up to the hill. Walkers must have water and be strong enough to walk till the end of the way.

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