In ancient times, Corinth (Korinthos) was one of the largest and wealthiest city-states in Greece, with two major ports, one on the Corinthian Gulf and one on the Saronic Gulf. The modern town of Corinth lies seven kilometers northeast of the ancient city and 78 kilometers west of Athens, to which it is connected by a regular bus service.
Here is a list of few places which will definitely leave you speechless:
1. Corinth Canal
The idea of building a canal through the Isthmus of Corinth was conceived by the tyrant Periander in the sixth century BC. Involving an excavation up to 80 meters in depth, the canal is 6.3 kilometers long, 23 meters wide, and eight meters deep, and can take vessels of up to 10,000 tons. The best view of the canal is from the bridge, which carries the road over it.
2. Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth is an important archaeological site, which has revealed many great finds. Once one of the most powerful cities of the Classical world, it came under Roman rule in 146 BC. It is here that St. Paul preached to the people of Corinth in AD 51-52, and his experience later inspired him to write the New Testament books of the First Corinthians and Second Corinthians, among the most quoted books of the Bible.
3. Temple of Apollo
The most important monument in Ancient Corinth, the imposing Doric Temple of Apollo lies on a low hill and dominates the site. The temple was built around 540 BC, on the site of an earlier seventh-century-BC temple. Today, only seven monolithic limestone columns remain, but originally there would have been six along the front and back of the temple, and fifteen down each side.
Acrocorinth (Akrokórinthos) lies 3.5 kilometers south of Ancient Corinth. The ascent to the top of this impressive fortified hilltop (575 meters) is made easier by a road, which climbs to a point near the lowest gate on the west side. Acrocorinth was fortified in ancient times, and its defences were maintained and developed during the Byzantine, Frankish, Turkish, and Venetian periods, so that its walls now measure almost two kilometers in length.
Overlooking the Gulf of Corinth, six kilometers northeast of Corinth, Loutráki is a popular seaside resort. Home to natural thermal springs, the Loutraki Spa is recommended for disorders of the urinary tract, kidney stones, gallstones, and gout. The method of treatment is bathing and drinking.