Acrocorinth, Corinth

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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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  • Super destination for a day trip in the Peloponnese. The Old Fortress invites you to linger and rewards after climbing with a fantastic view.
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  • It is a stiff climb and I would recommend an early morning walk, but what you work for, you appreciate all the more and next to a number of interesting good looking vestiges, and the transparent sourc...  more »
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  • Historical site with beautiful views and calm atmosphere. You have to walk and climb the hill to see the ruins and the best views. There are only the dirty paths - but don't worry.
  • When I got to the right path the trip was splendid. Gorgeous view and wonders of how this was constructed on top of the 526 m hill. Even not easy it is possible to walk from the south of the peak.
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