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Canal - Ancient Corinth - Mycenae - Epidaurus

The Corinth Canal is an artificial waterway in Greece, connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. The canal was constructed between 1882 and 1893 by a French company, under Ottoman Turkish supervision (though without direct Turkish participation), to allow shipping between the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. Today, it is one of two strategically important sea canals linking the Aegean directly with the Mediterranean (the other is the Dardanelles Strait, which connects with Marmara). It’s not just a canal, but it’s also a part of history!

After crossing the canal, we drive on towards Ancient Corinth. Corinth is one of the most famous and visited cities of Greece. The city is located in the South West of the Peloponnese surrounded by mountains that take their name from the ancient town. The most renowned monuments are: The Temple of Apollo, Roman Odeon and the Archaeological Museum. You can visit Ancient Corinth, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Greece. It was here that Paul preached to Athenians on Mars Hill (Acts 17). Ancient Corinth held as many as 100,000 inhabitants at one time but only about 600 ruins remain. A tour of Ancient Corinth will bring you back to a place where history comes alive.

For the first time, you can experience Mycenae and its historical surroundings as they were thousands of years ago. Visit the sacred city of Agamemnon, King of Kings. Walk along the walls where Orestes was said to have killed Clytemnestra and Aegisthus. The site is an archaeological treasure trove as it contains one of the largest prehistoric cemeteries in Greece.

The Mycenaean civilization was the last phase of the Bronze Age in Ancient Greece, spanning the period from approximately 1600–1100 BC. The characteristic features of this civilization are its highly organized state structure, social institutions, and territorial expansion.

The city of Epidaurus is the most important ancient site in Argolis. It was the capital of the Mycenaean kingdom and was one of the centers of worship for god Asclepius. The ancient theater, amphitheater, temples and other monuments are preserved to this day. In addition to its architectural treasures, Epidaurus is a popular tourist destination known for its natural beauty and excellent beaches.

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