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Isthmus of Corinth

The Isthmus of Corinth is the narrow land bridge which connects the Peloponnese peninsula with the rest of the mainland of Greece, near the city of Corinth. The word "isthmus" comes from the Ancient Greek word for "neck" and refers to the narrowness of the land.[1] The Isthmus was known in the ancient world as the landmark separating Peloponnese from mainland of Greece. Theseus, on his way to Athens erected a pillar on the Isthmus of Corinth, which bears two inscriptions. One towards the East, i.e. towards Attica reading: "Here is not Peloponnesus, but Ionia" (τάδ᾽ οὐχὶ Πελοπόννησος, ἀλλ᾽ Ἰωνία) and the one towards the West, i.e. towards the Peloponnese: "Here is Peloponnesus, not Ionia" (τάδ᾽ ἐστὶ Πελοπόννησος, οὐκ Ἰωνία).[2] To the west of the Isthmus is the Gulf of Corinth, to the east the Saronic Gulf. Since 1893 the Corinth Canal has run through the 6.3 km wide isthmus, effectively making the Peloponnese an island. Today, two road bridges, two railway bridges and two submersible bridges at both ends of the canal connect the mainland side of the isthmus with the Peloponnese side. Also a military emergency bridge is located at the west end of the canal.

The idea for a shortcut to save boats sailing all round the Peloponnese was long considered by the Ancient Greeks. The first attempt to build a canal there was carried out by the tyrant Periander in the 7th century BC. He abandoned the project owing to technical difficulties, and instead constructed a simpler and less costly overland stone ramp, named Diolkos, as a portage road. Remnants of Diolkos still exist today next to the modern canal. When the Roman republic (later to be the Roman Empire) took control of Greece, a number of different solutions were tried. Julius Caesar foresaw the advantages of a link for his newly built Colonia Laus Iulia Corinthiensis. By the reign of Tiberius, engineers tried to dig a canal, but were defeated by lack of modern equipment. Instead they built an Ancient Egyptian device: boats were rolled across the isthmus on logs, as the Egyptians had rolled blocks of granite to make their pyramids. This was in use by AD 32. In AD 67, the philhellene Roman emperor Nero ordered 6,000 slaves to dig a canal with spades. According to Pliny the Elder, the work advanced four stadia (about 5/8 kilometers).[3] The following year Nero died, and his successor Galba abandoned the project as being too expensive. In the modern era, the idea was first seriously proposed in 1830, soon after Greece's independence from the Ottoman Empire, and was brought to completion in 1893 after eleven years' work.

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Dimitris Liapopoulos… on September 29, 2012

Υπέροχη φωτογραφία, πολύ όμορφη λήψη!



Warm greetings, Dimitris & Mary C

Kaleb Larsen on September 29, 2012
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Zoltán Szabó on September 29, 2012

Superb ! Very like.Greetings,Zoli.

Patricia pato on September 29, 2012

Muuuy buena!! L+F-Saludos,Patricia

galfer on September 29, 2012

Bonita foto con muy buena perspectiva. Me GUSTA-87.

Saludos desde México.


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ANDRES AMBROSIO on September 29, 2012

Curiosa toma, me gusta. Un saludo.

Isabel. E. on September 29, 2012

Impressive photo Makis. LIKE Best wishes. Isabel

Martin Podt on September 29, 2012

Very nice photo!


Greetings, Martin

Bobby Vempati on September 29, 2012

Amazing shot my friend...


Best wishes from NY, Deepti & Bobby

JC EBY © NO VIEWS! on September 29, 2012

Impressive photo !


Best greetings, Jean-Claude

Croli on September 29, 2012

LIKE + best wishes from Germany,


Alex Bazhan on September 29, 2012

This is a very showy picture! Outstanding work. I really like this photo. Enjoy your weekend, Alex.

♥ Kama ♥ - NO VIEWS on September 30, 2012

Great image with excellent symmetry Like and YS - by ♥ Kama ♥

Renato Pantini on September 30, 2012

Nice shot! Like & YS!. Greetings, Renato.

Guizel J.c on September 30, 2012

Fantastic shot and composition



elakramine on September 30, 2012

Like, dear friend !!!!!

Greetings, elakramine

Bajguz Igor on September 30, 2012

Very much, very interesting foreshortening!! Beautiful photos!


Best wishes from St. Petersburg, Igor

GyurIca on September 30, 2012

Great shot of beautiful Isthmus of Corinth.

L & F

Best wishes,


trolvag on September 30, 2012

The Corinth Canal, I've always wanted to see. Like Best regards Trolvag

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Photo taken in Palea Ethniki Odos Athinon Korinthou, Loutraki-Agioi Theodoroi, Greece
Corinth Canal

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  • Uploaded on September 27, 2012
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    by makis-GREECE ®
    • Camera: Canon EOS 1000D
    • Taken on 2009/03/29 11:00:31
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/9.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash