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.Use our Corinth trip maker website to arrange your visit to Akrokorinthos and other attractions in Corinth.
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This site is amazing, but I only recommend to visitors with a good physical condition as some climbing on rocky paths is needed. The Acrocorinthos is a hill, and you can freely (and for free) visit...
This site is amazing, but I only recommend to visitors with a good physical condition as some climbing on rocky paths is needed. The Acrocorinthos is a hill, and you can freely (and for free) visit... more »
We drove our rental car from the Corinth Canal taking Rt. 8 for 11 km then climbing up a good but curvy & steep lane for 6 km to access this site. The views are excellent with beautiful spring...
We drove our rental car from the Corinth Canal taking Rt. 8 for 11 km then climbing up a good but curvy & steep lane for 6 km to access this site. The views are excellent with beautiful spring... more »
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