Akrokorinthos, Corinth

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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  • The view from Akrokorinthos was amazing. Quite a hike to get there but a lot of incredible history. Be careful coming down because some of the stones are slippery.  more »
  • Akrokorinthos towers atop the mountain overlooking the ancient city of Corinth. This ancient fortification, originally meant as a safe haven and as protection for the city spreading below, is readily....  more »
  • good road, nice views, carefully walk, free parking, litlle tourists in the july. More about this on youtube channel: Dan & Beka journey. Subscribe and join us!  more »
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  • A hard walk, taxi or easy drive to the top and the views across the Corinthian Isthmus is well worth it. Be warned, passage around the fortress is steep and extremely uneven but worth the effort
  • Amazing view of the Argolida and Plops Island a lot of olive oils trees and sea view. 2 hour walk and the best orange juices ever :)
  • Great place, a must visit. Not give full stars because I spend quite a lot of time in Ancient Corinth, but I will return. The view is magnificent and surely rewarding if you came it to the top. Avoid hot weather, be prepared, trainers are necessary, avoid flip flops...
  • It's a huge fortress! It's a bit of a hike but also really fun to explore. Comfortable shoes are definitely recommended. The view was breath-taking at the top of the fortress. You could see the corinth canal connecting two seas and the mountains on the peninsula. There's no charge and the site closes at 16:00.
  • A beautiful site to visit and feel like your back in ancient Greek times. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Give Appx 2-3 hrs to visit all areas of the fortress. Can see olive groves and Corinth canal from top of certain areas of fortress. Views are breath taking!!

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