Corinth, Epidaurus and Mycenae
Trip Start Jul 24, 2010
17Trip End Aug 10, 2010
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Our first stop was at Corinth to see the Corinth Canal.
In the past, Corinth was inhabited by Hellenic tribes in 2000 BC. Dorians settled there in the 11th century BC with Aletes as their first king. One decendant, Bakchis, founded the Bakchiad Dynasty which ruled here from the 9th to 7th century BC. The city became Greece's largest commercial center. In 44 BC, Julius Caesar rebuilt the city as an administrative center.
Next we visited Epidaurus, a UNESCO world heritage site. We viewed the famous amphitheater famous for its acoustics. It was built in the 4th century BC.
We continued our drive on the bus and made a stop at Nauplia before finally arriving at Mycenae. The Citadel of Mycenae is enclosed by Cyclopean walls that are 900 m long. We passed through the entrance known as the Lion Gate, built in 1250 BC.
We ended the day with a three hour drive to Olympia.