The Isthmus of Corinth!

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The Corinth Canal (Greek: Διώρυγα της Κορίνθου, Dhioryga tis Korinthou) is a canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnesian peninsula from the Greek mainland, thus effectively making the former an island. The builders dug the canal through the Isthmus at sea level; no locks are employed. It is 6.4 kilometres (4.0 mi) in length and only 21.4 metres (70 ft) wide at its base, making it impassable for most modern ships. It now has little economic importance.

The canal was mooted in classical times and an abortive effort was made to build it in the 1st century AD. Construction finally got underway in 1881 but was hampered by geological and financial problems that bankrupted the original builders. It was completed in 1893, but due to the canal's narrowness, navigational problems and periodic closures to repair landslides from its steep walls, it failed to attract the level of traffic anticipated by its operators. It is now used mainly for tourist traffic.

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Comments (208)

Erol Barutçugil on April 2

Great perspective, striking image. Like. Greetings.Erol

Pajabá on April 9

Magyarként büszkeséggel tölt el,hogy ez a csodás csatorna létrejöttéhez két magyar mérnök is hozzájárult,TÜRR ISTVÁN ÉS GERSTER BÉLA tervei alapján valósult meg.Egyértelmű FAVORIT!

Boris_2105 on May 4

Interesting and beautiful frame!


With best wishes from Latvia,

  • Boris. *

Lovely scenery, very well composed! Like 169!  Greetings from Germany Berlin, Karl-Heinz

mackedwars on May 28

Excelente imagen, muy bella y perfectamente captada la simetría.


Muy cordiales saludos, amigo makis-GREECE.


jockswa on July 6

Quite a sight! Lk it Makis. Regards, Jock.

Lucia Mameli on July 24

Grande foto per un'opera grandiosa. Like. Lucia

soulee 8 days ago

γεωμετρια, πανεμορφα χρωματα , υπεροχη!

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