Acrocorinth

Corinth, Greece

Acrocorinth is a monolithic rock overlooking the ancient city of Corinth, Greece. It is one of the most impressive acropolis of mainland Greece.

The Acrocorinth was continuously occupied from archaic times to the early 19th century. Along with Demetrias and Chalcis, the Acrocorinth during the Hellenistic period formed one of the so-called “Fetters of Greece” – three fortresses garrisoned by the Macedonians to secure their control of the Greek city-states.

Corinth continued to thrive through the Roman period and during the early Christian era. The Apostle Paul visited Corinth in the 1st century CE and established a Christian community there. It was said he arrived in Corinth in 49 or 50 AD and created the first Church of Corinth, where he met Priscilla and Aquila, who became two of the Seventy Disciples.

The city's archaic acropolis was already an easily defensible position due to its geomorphology; it 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.

Three circuit walls formed the man-made defense of the hill. The highest peak on the site was home to a temple to Aphrodite. The temple was converted to a church, which in turn was converted to a mosque.

Currently, it is one of the most important medieval castle sites of Greece. The interior contains the ruins of the temple of Aphrodite (5th-4th century BC), the spring of Ano Peirini, several Christian churches, a Byzantine underground cistern, mosques, fountains etc.

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Founded: 7th century BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Greece

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Kevin Griffins (2 months ago)
Amazing views. Hard to imagine how anyone in the past would have made it to this place. It is steep and rocky, the best place to put a fortress. Accessibility is via a rocky path and stairs. Then most everything is up up up.
SPmoochi C (2 months ago)
A short drive from Ancient Corinth Museum. Free entry. Bring water and cap. The place is sunny even in April. Beautiful view of the surroundings. A challenge to go back down as the incline is steep and most parts have no railings. Had to hold on to the rocks on the side for balance as the stones are smooth.
Tadeusz (3 months ago)
A really beautiful place, especially for the fact it is free which seems to be a rarity among Greek archeological sites. Getting there is not the cheapest because of a lack of buses there and the restroom is in a poor state and the cafe appears to have been completely abandoned.
Ryan Fuhriman (3 months ago)
Super awesome place! Amazing ancient architecture and fortress. Dress appropriately for a hike. You can see as much or as little as you want based on how much you are willing to hike. Really great place for kids (and adults) to explore.
Legends l (4 months ago)
Free attraction in Greece! Beautiful views of mountains and the sea. Very accessible by car then a walk up to the top. Not far from Corinth Acropolis by car. There are enough remains/structures to give you a sense of what life was like here. You can take a day trip to here if you are visiting Athens or surrounding areas.
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