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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  • We liked it so much, the climb is hard but worth a lot by the views, was the Temple of Aphrodite, should go with time
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  • A wonderful place from which breathes history ... the surreal view of the surroundings, but also strenuous for the 3-year-old daughter. We were at the end of February, was a beautiful sunny day and windy on the mountain, which was overall nice. Go here but in August, at noon, in the 40 ° c must be suicide ...:)
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  • Corinth was supposed to be a short stop on our way to nafplio from Athens. We only planned to visit Corinth canal, but ended up doing ancient Corinth and acrocorinth as well. Let me tell you, this was...  more »
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  • By visiting the Acrocorinth, you can get a lovely view of Corinth and its harbor. This is a great place to picnic and take photos while you explore. While you can drive to the entrance and still see some great views of the countryside, you should definitely walk up the hill and into the remaining structures. It is slippery and steep so keep that in mind if you do go exploring here.
  • A very impressive medieval fortress. With a vast expansion on a steep mountain top with gorgeous vistas. More signage would have made the visit even more satisfying.
  • I arrived in just after 3 o'clock in the afternoon, but we did not realized that the entrance door was closed. So I could not go inside if the castle unfortunately. I walked around the area around castle. The view from the hill and outside of the castle were wonderful.
  • It's one of the biggest fortress in Greece so you'll need a decent amount of time and be prepared for serious walk on steep cliff sides. So, you'll need at least 3 hours for visiting the most interesting parts of this spectacular mountain fortress, a pair of trekking shoes or boots, a litre of water and take some time studying it's history back from the ancient era till the 19th century in order to recognize it's different parts.
  • We walked up to the Acrocorinth from Ancient Corinth and so got to enjoy the views all the way up but if you don't have masses of energy then save it for the castle as it is vast and takes time and effort to walk around. The paths are uneven and steep inside the caste but it is worthwhile. You can spend hours clambering around this castle finding all the hidden corners, sitting enjoying the view and exploring its layers of history. There is a car park if you want to drive.
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