Kirsti's Odyssey travel blog

First glimpse of the Corinthian ruins

The Temple of Zeus



Me and the Temple of Zeus








The main street through Ancient Corinth


A funerary stele, the wreaths are in honour of the people who...



A Christian symbol, obviously a little later in the history of Ancient...



A gorgon head door lintel

A warrior's mask

Sphinx were popular in Ancient Greece and Rome, an indication of travel...





A gountain in modern Corinth

A church in modern Corinth

Being a history buff, I was ken to do a day trip out to Ancient Corinth, a city that was founded in 6000BC. I convinced a woman from my hostel to come with me and we blithely set off. Not being one to keep very good track of the days, I didn´t realise it was Sunday until we encountered transport problem after problem. Here in Greece everything basically shuts down on Sundays, so our 1.5hour trip out to Corinth turned into a bit of a nightmare. We walked to the metro, caught it for a few stops, caught a bus to the main bus station, where we then had to wait an hour for a bus to Corinth. On arrival in Corinth after a 1.5hr drive, we checked the bus schedule out to Ancient Corinth... to our horror, the first bus went at 2.05pm, and it was only 12.30pm! Everything in Corinth was shut, so we wandered around, managing to find somewhere to get a coffee, and the bus station where we needed to catch the bus back to Athens.

Finally arriving at Corinth, I was really glad we came. Although I must admit I´m getting a bit sick of ruins, these were really interesting and similar to the Agora in Athens, it was possible to easily discern where the shops, residential houses, streets and fountains lay, including some really beautiful carvings. In Ancient times, Corinth was also the site of a Mycanean palace city, and it is her that the trireme design for ships was developed, which came to dominate the navies of the Mediterranean during the classical and into the late Roman period. Corinth was one of the major city states and rivalled Athens for wealth, prosperity and power during the power days of the 5th century BC. Unique pottery designs were also developed here and which spread across the Mediterranean, with examples being found as far away as Rhodes near modern day Turkey. The museum on the site was also pretty interesting, but after 2 hours we needed to catch our bus back and thus being the trek back to Athens. Phew, what a mission, but still worthwhile I think!

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