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Corinth - Epidaurus
Nauplia- Mycenae
October, 2005

The most conspicuous surviving building at ancient Corinth is the 6th-century B.C. Temple of Apollo, which stands on a low hill overlooking the extensive remains of the Roman Agora (forum, or marketplace). Only seven of the temple's 38 monolithic Doric columns are standing, the others having long since been toppled by earthquakes.In the morning we viewed the Cornith Canal and ruins.

We also viewed the theatre of the Asklepieion of Epidaurus. This sanctuary is a spiritual place worth traveling around the world to visit! In fact the ancient Greeks did just that in order to pay tribute to their spiritual entities in the face of Asclepios, and to ask the gods for remedies for their physical ailments. It was a healing center as well as a cultural center in ancient times. Epidaurus was built round the 3d Century BC and it is adorned with a multitude of buildings, most famous of which is the ancient Theater of Epidaurus, known for its acoustical purity
For some good history and photos of Corinth, here's a good web site to visit. Click Here.

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Nafplion (Nauplia)

The lovely seaside town of Nafplion (also called Nauplia) is the capital and administrative center of the prefecture of Argolida, and is an excellent base from which to explore the two nearby World Heritage sites of Epidaurus and Mycenae. It is an area steeped in history and has a long connection with the sea, as it is named after the Argonaut son of Poseidon. It has a lovely harbor front, and a well-protected harbor. The fortress in the middle of the harbor is called the Bourtzi and is reached by small boat during the summer. In the 19th century this is where the executioners for the prison at the Palamidi fortess lived since it was bad luck to have them live in the city itself. It has at various periods been a hotel and is currently a musical venue for the Nafplio Folk Music Festival which is held in May and June.

Our hotel was the lovely Nafplia Palace Hotel where we had a delightfiul view of the Bourtzi. Photo at night.
Here are a three more photos from the lovely town of Nafplia:


High above the modern town of Mycenae are the ruins of an ancient city. The ruins of Ancient Mycenae date back to the second millennium B.C. Though most of the original city state has been destroyed over time, parts of the Acropolis that overlooked a fertile plains still remain. The Acropolis sits atop an impressive mountain and is flanked on either side by taller mountains forming a very formidable fortification for the site, as well as a very scenic view . The Lions Gate is the main entrance into the city. The lions, with their front paws on an alter of some sort was suppose to represent the mycenaean's power. The entrance to the Treasury of Atreus at Mycenae is actually a circular tomb or tholos. (That's Judy on the left; me on the right.)

However, Mycenae is best known from Greek Mythology. See:

Lions' Gate Treasury of Aatreus Treasury - top inside Treasury
Grave Circle A Judy Treasury of Atreus Acropolia
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