Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Βelow the castle

Light on winter days is precious especially in January.
 Colors, sharpness, clarity, warmth...
 αnd the view of the Acrocorinth castle is really 
unique and inviting!

While I do not intend to serve as a tourist guide, I’ll give 
some general information about this archaeological site 
which is so close to our home.
This is the largest castle of Greece and one of the largest 
in Europe.It surrounds a rocky monolithic mountain 
overlooking the ancient city of Corinth.

 It was first built as an Acropolis, then became a 
Roman citadel and later a Byzantine fortress. 

At the foothills of the castle there is the Hatzi Mustafa 
fountain, a remnant of Ottoman days which is still in use.

Following the pathway towards the center of 
the ancient city of Corinth you arrive at the
entrance of the ancient Roman Agora.
Within the Forum is the Bema.
( the Greek word for judgement seat ) 
It’s a marbled platform where St.Paul had to plead 
his case when the Corinthians hauled him up 
in front of the Roman governor in 52A.D.

 The Archaic Temple of Apollo stands a little farther,

the most important ruin, built in Doric style,
on the hill of the ancient Agora (marketplace) 
between 550-525 B.C. 
From here, there is a general view 
of most of the antiquity.

Α beautiful kumquat tree in the center of the village. 

The window of a grocery store

A prickly pear cactus from the garden of the 
American School of classical studies  which is carrying 
out some very important excavations in the whole area. 

Sipping a coffee on a lazy Sunday afternoon, 
contemplating the hilltop fortification, 
is more than a simple pleasure. It’s magic! 

Greek coffee and sour cherry juice
benefiting from a superb Sunday light,
this is all I needed to feel appeased...

Tourist shops

Could you imagine the famous Corinthian potters 
labouring in their workshops in the ceramics district ?

Ancient Corinth as the evening approaches.

A warm ,golden light before it gets dark…
it’s time to leave the place and you… 
thank you for joining me.


Would you like to join us ?

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