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Akrokorinthos, Corinth

#2 of 18 in Historic Sites in Corinthia Region
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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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  • This place is a must see! Built more than 2000 years ago it has been ruled by the Ancient Greeks, the Byzantines, the ottomans, the Franks, and the romans. Each left there mark which is easy to...  more »
  • interesting site with a small but quite intersting museum. it has two parts - acro corinth and the downtown ruins with the musuem  more »
  • 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 :)

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