Akrokorinthos, Corinth

4.7
#1 of 17 in Historic Sites in Corinthia Region
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 site is not currently paid. In summer, access is closed at 4 p.m. There are no fountains or vending machines inside (there is a restaurant/bar before the entrance). Especially in summer it is very important to have a lot of water available. The hike is not easy, especially with small children. The top of the Greek city's acropolis hill has become the Byzantine, Turkish and Venetian fortified seat. The wall is still impressive. You can recognize a church (the only building still well preserved), some mosques, a tower and several traces of other buildings. The view is really beautiful and embraces the two seas united by the Strait of Corinth. On the top breathes a constant wind that in summer is refreshing.
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  • We were deterred from travelling to the site by some of the reviews telling us how hard the walking was even though it was a free attraction. So it was a real relief to discover that you can see this ...  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 :)
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