Sights of Interest in Greece
Ancient Corinth25-02-2015 14:28The city of ancient Corinth grew up on the northern slopes of the hill of Akrokorinthos, which acted as the fortified citadel of the ancient and medieval cities. The site was occupied continuously from the Neolithic period to the Middle Ages. The economomic and artistic acme of Corinth began in the 8th c. BC and is connected with the rule of the Bakkhiadai family and the foundation of two important colonies, Corcyra and Syracuse. The growth of the city reached its culmination at the time of the Kypselidai (after the middle of the 7th c. BC).
In the 5th c. BC Corinth was one of the three major powers in Greece, and took part in all the battles against the Persians. After the Persians ceased to be a danger to Greece, her intense rivalry with Arthens reduced Corinth to a secondary position. Important landmarks in the city's history include its comprehensive destruction by the Romans in 146 BC, and its resettlement by Julius Caesar in 44 BC, which marked the beginning of a new period of prosperity.
The archaeological site is dominated by the Archaic temple of Apollo, built on a rocky hil. It is a Doric peripteral temple with monolithic columns (6x15). Around it evolved the commercial, cultural and religious centre of the city, which included the agora, sanctuaries and temples, theaters, fountains and public buildings. To the west of the temple stood the theatre, the first phase of which goes back to the 5th c. BC, and the Glauke fountain, cut into the natural rock. The main agora stretches to the south of the tmple, flandked by a series of shops and stoas. In the middle of a row of shops which stood along the south edge of the agora's central section, is the bema (tribunal) from which St. Paul spoke to the Corinthians in AD 52. A paved street, the Lechaion road, led from the agora, through a monumental propylon, to the port. To right and left of this street are a varitey of buildings, the periobolos (enclosure) of Apollo, the monumental Perirene fountain etc.
The Museum contains the rich finds yielded by the excavations in the area of ancient Corinth. In room I are displayed finds (pottery, figurines, tools) from the prehistoric installations in the area. Room II contains objects from the Geometric Archaic and Classical periods. Room III houses statues of Roman rulers, floor mosaics, wall paintings and Roman and Byzantine pottery. The Asklepieion room contains mainly votives from the Asklepieion at Corinth.
In recent years, the beloved habit of pancakes has begun to become widespread in Greece as well. Touristorama discovered in Nafplion the place that makes the most delicious pancakes, according to the original American recipe.
More than just a famous tourist destination, Santorini boasts a romantic scene where you can have some really memorable moments with your partner. The time when the sun sets deep down to the Aegean Sea and the sky gets these amazing orange colors is the best to enjoy a cocktail. One of the best places to do so is the Classico bar restaurant in the capital of Fira.
The statue of Poseidon, made of Parian marble, was found in 1877 on Milos island, along with a statue of his mate, Amphitrite. The larger than life-size statue depicts the god almost nude, wearing a himation covering the lower part of the body. In his raised right hand he will have held the trident. Next to his right leg is a support in the form of a dolphin. Today, the statue is exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens city.
Touristorama has been travelling all around Greece and its islands for over a decade. This year, during our trip to Naxos, the biggest of the Cyclades complex, we discovered an interesting spot, perfect for your night out on the island… which is what we do best: finding the best places and then propose you should visit them! Prime is a Scandinavian Bar, located on a privileged position in Chora of Naxos, opposite the port. It’s been operating for 21 years and enjoys a great fame to both foreign and local tourists.
“Brunch” is both a noun, a verb and way of life. It’s not only an opportunity to eat something nice, but also a way to catch up with friends in the middle of the day. In Athens city we love it for both reasons. We have even discovered an easily accessible spot, perfect for the citibreakers to enjoy a full breakfast or a brunch during their travel in the Greek capital.
Explore the fascinating volcanic island of Santorini the way you want it yourself! Enjoy a unique accommodation experience, with huge doses of privacy and luxury by choosing to stay in Incognito Villa.
The statue of Poseidon, made of Parian marble, was found in 1877 on Milos island, along with a statue of his mate, Amphitrite. The larger than life-size statue depicts the god almost nude, wearing a himation...
There is no need to convince the thousands of tourists who visit Santorini why they need to experience a sea tour under the unique Caldera cliff. Actually, this is the second “must do” after viewing...
For the second consecutive year, three dynamic bodies, the Benaki Museum, Costa Navarino and Athens International Airport, join forces for culture. Leveraging on the Benaki Museum collection of printed...
The Museum of Prehistoric Thera houses finds from the excavations at Akrotiri, conducted under the auspices of the Archaeological Society at Athens, the earlier excavations at Potamos, made by members...