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Akrokorinthos, 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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  • The actual Acrocorinth is stunning! However do not bother with the cafe! Was told food would be started in 30 mins so ordered a second round of drinks to be told no food in a very rude manner! 
    The actual Acrocorinth is stunning! However do not bother with the cafe! Was told food would be started in 30 mins so ordered a second round of drinks to be told no food in a very rude manner!  more »
  • Wonderful to explore! We made a day trip from Nafplio which involved visiting ancient Corinth, acrocorinth ( a 8 minute drive from the ancient site), and afterwards to ancient Nemea. After spending....  more
    Wonderful to explore! We made a day trip from Nafplio which involved visiting ancient Corinth, acrocorinth ( a 8 minute drive from the ancient site), and afterwards to ancient Nemea. After spending....  more »
  • Quite majestic sitting on top of a steep hillside visible from far in every direction. Although seldom visited it seems, just 6 people there including us. Probably too narrow a road for the large... 
    Quite majestic sitting on top of a steep hillside visible from far in every direction. Although seldom visited it seems, just 6 people there including us. Probably too narrow a road for the large...  more »

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