Acrocorinth I

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Kevrekidis on March 20, 2008

Acrocorinth (Akrokorinthos) is one of the most important medieval castle sites of Greece. It rises about 570 meters above the surrounding plain and was the acropolis of the ancient city of Corinth (Korinthos). The history of the fortification is closely connected with that of Corinth. It was continuously occupied from archaic times to the early nineteenth century. Acrocorinth's fortress was used as the last line of defense in southern Greece because it commanded the isthmus of Corinth, repelling foes from entry into the Peloponnesian peninsula. Three circuit walls formed the defense of the hill. The highest peak on the site was home to a temple to Aphrodite. Acrocorinth was further heavily fortified during the Byzantine Empire and became later a fortress of the Franks, the Venetians and the Ottoman Turks.

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