The Parthenon
The Temple Of Poseidon
Thermopylae

The Parthenon

Dominating the Athenian skyline, this beautiful, world-renowned monument is dedicated to Goddess Athena, the virgin patron of Athens. Constructed in 438 B.C. by Ictinus, Callicrates and Carpion, under the supervision of Phidias, the Parthenon is the most important surviving monument of the ancient world and stands as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece and the Athenian Democracy.

The Temple Of Poseidon

The Temple of Poseidon, at Sounion, the tip of the Attica peninsula (45 miles southeast of Athens), was built in 440 B.C. However, archaeological findings show the area was a site of worship as far as 700 B.C. Carved into the base of one of the columns of the Temple of Poseidon is the name of the famous romantic poet Lord Byron. It is possible he made the inscription during his first visit to Greece.

Thermopylae

The pass of Thermopylae is the historical site of the battle that took place in 480 B.C. between the Greeks and the Persians. Under the command of King Leonidas of Sparta, the greatly outnumbered Greek army remained in the pass to prevent Xerxes’ vast cavalry and infantry force further invading the land. They held ground for three days before being outflanked via a hidden goat path, which according to legend, was shown to the Persians by a traitor named Ephialtes. However, their feat gave the Greek army enough time to reassemble and successfully combat the Persians in following battles. The epigram on the monuments reads : Oh stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians (Spartans), that we lie here, obedient to their words.
Friday, June 23, 2017

 

Athens Private ToursHalf-day Ancient Corinth tour starts with a 45-mile drive along the National highway. We will reach the well-known Corinthian canal or else Isthmus canal that connects the Saronic Sea and the Corinthian Sea.

 

 

Athens Private ToursAfter a short stop for pictures, we continue with a ten-minute drive through the orange and lemon tree fields and arrive at Ancient Corinth and its unique museum, the Temple of Apollo-the God of Oracles and the Sun, the Roman baths and finally the Vima (step) from where St. Paul preached to the Corinthians in 52 A.D.

 

 

Athens Private ToursWe will continue with a visit at Acrocorinth.

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 Acropolis in 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 Hellas and later of the Peloponnese. It was defended against 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 fortress was used as the last line of defence 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.

In a Corinthian myth related in the 2nd century CE to Pausanias, Briareus, one of the Hecatonchires, was the arbitrator in a dispute between Poseidon and Helios, between the sea and the sun: his verdict was that the Isthmus of Corinth belonged to Poseidon and the acropolis of Corinth (Acrocorinth) to Helios.

The Upper Pirene spring is located within the encircling walls. "The spring, which is behind the temple, they say was a gift of Asopus to Sisyphus". The later knew, so runs the legend, that Zeus had revished Aegina, the daughter of Asopus, but refused to give information to the seeker before he had a spring given him on the Acrocorinth.

Finally, we drive back to Athens by the same route.

 

 

 

The duration of the tour is approximately 5 hours.

Please take a look at the right of the page for additional tour information.

 

Sites Opening Hours

  • Winter : From November 1 to March 31 08:00 until 15:00
  • Summer : From April 1 to October 31 08:00 until 20:00
  • January 1st : closed
  • January 6th : 08:00 until 15:00
  • Shrove Monday : 08:00 until 15:00
  • March 25th : closed
  • Good Friday : 12:00 until 17:00
  • Holy Saturday : 08:00 until 15:00
  • Easter Sunday : closed
  • Easter Monday : 08:00 until 20:00
  • May 1st : closed
  • Holy Spirit day : 08:00 until 20:00
  • August 15th : 08:00 until 20:00
  • October 28th : 08:00 until 15:00
  • December 25th : closed
  • December 26th : closed

Entrance fee required :
8 Euros for Ancient Corinth and the Museum
4 Euros for Acrocorinth

  • Free entrance : For students from E.U (student Identity Card is required).
  • Free entrance : Young people, under the age of 18, after demonstrating the Identity Card or Passport to confirm the age.
  • Reduced entrance fee Greek citizens and citizens of other Member - States of the European Union who are over 65 years old, upon presentation of their ID card or passport for verification of their age and country of origin.
  • Reduced entrance fee University students and students at Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent schools from countries outside the EU by showing their student ID.


Free Entrance Days

  • 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
  • 18 April (International Monuments Day)
  • 18 May (International Museums Day)
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • 28 October
  • Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st

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