The Acropolis and the Museum of Archeology in Corinth

The Acrocorinth

The Acrocorinth ©aikijuanma/Flick

The city of Corinth in Greece has a great historical importance. The ruins of the ancient city can are exposed and can be visited. The Acrocorinth is an acropolis situated at less than 10 km to the southwest, in the south of the settlement called Archea Korinthos., at a height of 575 m and at its foot lays the archeological site of Ancient Corinth.

The Archaeological Museum is located in Ancient Corinth, at the foot of the Acrocorinth, at approximately 8 km from Corinth. You can visit the Archaeological Museum usually from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in winter and from 8:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in summer.

The Acropolis of Corinth or the Acrocorinth

The Acrocorinth was fortified by Kypselos and his son Periander, both of them being tyrans that ruled Corinth. In the fourth century BC the fort ​​was consolidated by the Macedonians, then in 146 BC was destroyed by the Romans during the occupation of Greece, and then rebuilt by the Roman general Julius Caesar in 44 BC. Other repair works have been done in the 7th and the 12th centuries.

Ancient Corinth seen from the Acrocorint

Corinth seen from the Acrocorint ©isawnyu/Flick

The Byzantines, the Franks, the Venetians and the Turks conquered the city after each other and had made various changes to acropolis, at the end having 3 rows of outer walls, and in the inside being found numerous remains of the old buildings. Since 1827 the Acrocorinth belongs to Greece. In Greek mythology the Acropolis belonged to the Sun god.

You can climb the Acropolis of Corinth on foot or by car. Tourists who come here have part of a breathtaking view of Ancient Corinth or the Corinthian Gulf.

The Acrocorinth

The Acrocorinth ©aikijuanma/Flick

Museum of Archaeology

The Museum of Archaeology consists of 3 rooms, a study room and a large garden where are exhibited many objects. Here you will see statues, sarcophagi, mosaics, ceramics, paintings that were found in the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth and in other nearby sites such as Acrocorinth, Korakou or Gonia. In the first room are exposed prehistoric objects, in the second room are exhibited objects from geometric, archaic and classical periods, and in the third room there are Roman statues, Roman and Byzantine pottery, murals and mosaics.

The Archaeological Museum In Corinth was built between 1931-1932 and extended in 1950, including exhibits as the Corinthian amphora with lid with many heraldic representations dating from 600 BC, a Mycenaean vase decorated with paintings representing warriors on a chariot and dating from 1200 BC, a pebble mosaic depicting griffins devouring a horse dating from 400 BC, a marble statue depicting a young Roman, possibly Lucius Caesar and dating from the late first century BC or early first century AD, a mosaic decorated with head of Dionysus dating from the second century AD, a Byzantine enamel plate depicting Digenis Acritas with a princess dating from the twelfth century, a Marble sphinx from a funerary monument dating from the sixth century BC and many others.

The Archeological Museum of Ancient Corinth

The Archeological Museum of Ancient Corinth ©Erik Daniel Drost/Flick

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