Diolkos Archaeological Area, Loutraki

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The Diolkos was a paved trackway near Corinth in Ancient Greece which enabled boats to be moved overland across the Isthmus of Corinth. The shortcut allowed ancient vessels to avoid the long and dangerous circumnavigation of the Peloponnese peninsula. The phrase "as fast as a Corinthian", penned by the comic playwright Aristophanes, indicates that the trackway was common knowledge and had acquired a reputation for swiftness.The main function of the Diolkos was the transfer of goods, although in times of war it also became a preferred means of speeding up naval campaigns. The 6km to 8.5km long roadway was a rudimentary form of railway, and operated from c. 600 BC until the middle of the 1st century AD. The scale on which the Diolkos combined the two principles of the railway and the overland transport of ships remained unique in antiquity.FunctionThe Diolkos saved ships sailing from the Ionian Sea to the Aegean Sea a dangerous sea journey round the Peloponnese, whose three headlands had a reputation for gales, especially Cape Matapan and Cape Malea. By contrast, both the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf were relatively sheltered waters. In addition, the overland passage of the Isthmus, a neck of land 6.4km wide at its narrowest, offered a much shorter route to Athens for ships sailing to and from the Ionian coast of Greece.
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  • Very nice and very clean Studio. Very polite staff. We stayed very happy. Nice breakfast as well.
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  • The diolkos, in Greek, is 8.5 km long and 30 feet wide, a path was transferred haistemus craft of Corinth to the Saronic Gulf. golgelo to craft on tree trunks, oreva and is the sixth-century operating until the 1st century BC, new studies believe that central role was transmitting payloads The method was common and is useful mainly in peace. Very impressed one engineering operations of ancient Greece to advance to the Corinth Canal.
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  • Second stroke synechomenos the Diolkos studios and not only "Alla ypereycharistimenos from service until cleanliness from friendly until dieykolynseis. the Dragon room and were not were there other beltiwthikan even more multi. time will really great!!!
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  • A day time eye wonder, a most glorious sunset, a night time with the sounds of the ships motors and the mariners whispers.Every stone, a part of history.
  • Unfortunately there is only one label directing you to the remains of this majestic work of ancient engineering. Hope they will take some initiative to repair and maintain it in the future.
  • Super for a long walk. The place beautiful and quite
  • This is an amazing bridge that goes underwater to let the ship in or out. You must see this slow wonder. Pity ships don't use the channel that often lately. So there might be some wait time to see it in action.
  • The Diolkos! Read about its history beforehand,since there are no markers in situ, but enjoy the amazing feat that the ancient Greeks achieved here
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