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Nafplio, Greece


Nafplio is a small seaport near Athens, and at one time it was Greece’s capital. There is an amazing amount of historical sites to see. We visited:

Epidaurus Theater: Built around 3000BC, this theater will seat around 16,000 people. The acoustics are amazing, even today, a sound made in the center can be heard throughout the seating area.  An entire community was built, including schools, religious buildings, even a hospital. Even old medical instruments have been found.

Old Corinth: An important Ancient Roman town overlaying an important Ancient Greek town AND the site where St. Paul was tried and acquitted for blasphemy by the Ancient Jewish establishment. The hilltop fortress site above the archaeological town is also the site of “the 1000 temple prostitutes” in the ancient temple of Aphrodite against which St. Paul preached in his Epistle to the Corinthians.

The Corinth Canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. The builders dug the canal through the Isthmus at sea level; no locks are employed. It is 4 miles long, and 70 ft wide at its base.  The canal was started in classical times and an abortive effort was made to build it in the 1st century AD. Construction finally got under way in 1881 and was finished in 1897.

Mycenae is one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece. The fortified citadel is nested over the fertile plain of Argolis near the seashore in the northeast Peloponnese.

Mycenaean is the culture that dominated mainland Greece, the Aegean islands, and the shores of Asia Minor from about 1600-1100 BC. The Mycenaean Era flourished in mainland Greece since 3000 BC.

West view if the theater

West view if the theater

Seat detail

Seat detail

Seating rows

Seating rows

Museum pieces

Museum pieces

Bridge over the canal

Bridge over the canal

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Another view of Old Corinth temple remains

Another view of Old Corinth temple remains

Many itms were found

Many itms were found

Statues were an important design element

Statues were an important design element

Another view of statues

Another view of statues

Temple of Aphrodite

Temple of Aphrodite

A gate opens to the temple

A gate opens to the temple

A view of Mycenau

A view of Mycenau

Myceneum gravesite

Myceneum gravesite

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