Ancient Corinth

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Hilary

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Ancient Corinth
« on: March 21, 2013, 03:57:20 PM »
Spring has come to the village of Ancient Corinth.

An early Christian church.
An olive grove.
Looking toward Acrocorinth
Looking towards Kyllini Mountain
Looking towards Gerania Mountain
Last but not least, a donkey
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Jill S

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Re: Ancient Corinth
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013, 06:43:12 PM »
Nice pics Hilary, not least the donkey!
What are the dimensions/scale of the early church? over here early churches tend to be REALLY small, whereas the one you show looks quite sizeable by comparison. How early, do you reckon? Interesting!
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Hilary

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Re: Ancient Corinth
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013, 08:20:39 PM »
The church must have been huge.
I am afraid I know nothing about it except that it is being excavated and potected in conjunction with the Ancient port of Lechaion.
There are the remains of another huge early christian church  near the Ancient port of Lechaion which you can find reference to on the web.
Both sites are now fenced.
If you look on google maps to the west of Corinth there is what looks like a lake.
This is the ancient port of Lechaion.
The shape of the early christian church, which is 179 meters long,  is between the lake and the sea.
Somewhere I read that it fell down during an earthquake

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Jill S

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Re: Ancient Corinth
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2013, 12:54:50 AM »
Heavens!! seriously huge. Thanks for the info, will see what I can find out. I must admit the early christian period in Greece is not one I've ever looked at, I have a feeling it will be an interesting search.
Jill
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Alice

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Re: Ancient Corinth
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2013, 01:29:16 PM »
Hilary, how nice to see your photos: spring bursting forth with lovely wild flowers and blue skies. Especially since we in -not exactly mediterranean- England are once again blanketed with snow.
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Hilary

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Re: Ancient Corinth
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2013, 05:16:44 PM »
The columns of the temple at Ancient Corinth surrounded by spring wild flowers
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Hilary

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Re: Ancient Corinth
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2013, 06:09:47 AM »
The Ancient Diolkos at the Corinthian Gulf end of the canal.
Not many wild flowers left at the beginning of May
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Hilary

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Re: Ancient Corinth
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2013, 02:29:23 PM »
The columns and Melia azedarach at Ancient Corinth
September, 2013
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Hilary

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Re: Ancient Corinth
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2013, 11:38:20 AM »
The ancient port of Lechaion on a windy November day.
The two moles of the outer harbour  can be seen protruding into the sea.
The inner harbour  has been fenced in  and many Tamarix trees planted along the seaside road outside the fence.
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Hilary

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Re: Ancient Corinth
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2013, 06:20:03 AM »
The ancient port of Lechaion
The man made  inner basins were dredged in ancient times and the  silt and pebbles form small hills near the water.
The channel leading to the sea is now closed and the area a resting place  for migrating birds
Since the hills are made of gravel and silt they make a natural gravel garden.
There was only one plant flowering in November when these photos were taken but plenty of plants preparing for the spring
A very exposed windy place as this tree demonstrates
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Hilary

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Re: Ancient Corinth
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2013, 05:35:56 PM »
The Basilica of St Leonidas
The remains of this church are next to the ancient port of Lechaion.
It is currently being excavated and preserved
According to various internet sites I read it was constructed either at the end of the 5th C or the beginning of the 6th C.
The length from the apse to the atrium is 223 meters.
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Hilary

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Re: Ancient Corinth
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2013, 07:54:10 AM »
Recently I have added three posts about the ancient port of Lechaion and the basilica of St. Leonidas.
Currently the site is officially closed, and largely fenced, so you may not be able to see it at close quarters.
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Daisy

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Re: Ancient Corinth
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2013, 11:50:37 AM »
I have been enjoying your photos and information about ancient Corinth Hilary. Especially the port of Lechaion. Fascinating.
Although I must say your later photos in November and December make me shiver. It looks a wild, windswept place.
Daisy :)
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Hilary

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Re: Ancient Corinth
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2013, 09:43:25 AM »
Daisy,
A fair exchange as I love seeing the photos of your garden
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Hilary

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Re: Ancient Corinth
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2013, 12:16:21 PM »
Akrokorinthos
These photos are all taken from the car park.
In the spring there will be plenty of wild flowers to see, especially Euphorbia and Asphodel
Looking north you see, first across the fertile plain then  across the Gulf of Corinth to Sterea Ellada
Looking south you see the small hill of Penteskoufi and the road leading to Nafplion.
The new National Road is no longer the white scar which it was at first

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Corinth is now known as Korinthos
Acrocorinth is now known as  Akrokorinthos

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