Xplore Athens

Canal -
Ancient Olympia

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!

Olympia is a small town in the north of the Peloponnese, built on a hill with magnificent views. The birthplace of the Olympic Games and one of the most important sanctuaries in ancient Greece, Olympia was home to the ancient Olympics, held every four years in honor of Zeus. It is where history began—and it holds so much more than just historic landmarks.

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