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 (206)

Omar Gobbi on February 8, 2014

Spectacular photo, lovely capture, LIKE & FAV greetings, " OMAR "

Ana Maria Westphalen… on February 8, 2014

Fantástica perspectiva makis-GREECE ®, excelente captura, LIKE 41 + FV 20 ,abraço Ana Maria.

Inger Karlin Larsson on February 8, 2014

Very interesting and fantastic place and photo in amazing colors, love it. YSL
Best wishes, Inger

R Sch (cammino) on February 8, 2014

Spectacular canal, and so deep!! Great perspective and view. L
Greetings, cammino

Claudius Katan on February 8, 2014

Comme le canal de Panama!- YSL , magnifique! - Amit/CK

Excellent composition and scenery


Best wishes, Nikos1954 from Greece-Piraeus.

~Marlene~ No Views! on February 8, 2014

Fantastic composition, color & view, Makis! YSL

Greetings, Marlene

Arévalo, - PANO Yes. on February 8, 2014

Espectacular imagen Makis, buen trabajo. YS & Like.

Saludos cordiales.

Rodema on February 8, 2014

Really beautiful photo, well done!! YSL!! My best regards, Rodema.

H.İbrahim Üzmezoğlu on February 9, 2014

Mükemmel fotoğraf.Harika çekim.Çok güzel görüntü.

Like + Fav.Selamlar,H.İbrahim

Brian Gymer on February 9, 2014

Fancy cutting it by hand,but labour was cheap in those days. Very interesting. Like. Regards Brian.

Karl MisterXX on February 9, 2014

Another good photo,

Ali Raza on February 9, 2014

Wonderful shot! YSL! Greetings

Al Sanin on February 9, 2014

Just wonderful! YsL

Kind regards! Al

Κοσμάς Καραχλές on February 9, 2014

Πολύ όμορφη λήψη Μάκη, αρέσει και αγαπημένη

Петар Бојић on February 9, 2014

Very nice composition!


Greetings, Petar

Karl Hartwig (save p… on February 9, 2014

I like this view very much! L and best regards, Karl

Agneta Bodin on February 9, 2014

Great image! like

Greetings from Sweden, Agneta

Janusz Kulik on February 9, 2014

Wspaniałe.....spektakularny widok i kadr!!! * LIKE 58* pozdrawiam, Janusz

© BraCom (Bram) on February 9, 2014

Beautiful place, colors and photo Like

Greetings, Bram

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Photo taken in Palea Ethniki Odos Athinon Korinthou, Loutraki Agii Theodori, Greece

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