Corinth Canal

Local nameΔιώρυγα Κορίνθου
LocationGreece

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, arguably making the peninsula an island. The canal was dug through the Isthmus at sea level and has no locks. It is 6.4 kilometres in length and only 21.4 metres wide at its base, making it impassable for most modern ships. Nowadays it has little economic importance and is mainly a tourist attraction.

The canal was initially proposed in classical times and a failed effort was made to build it in the 1st century AD. Construction started in 1881 but was hampered by geological and financial problems that bankrupted the original builders. It was completed in 1893 but, due to the canal's narrowness, navigational problems and periodic closures to repair landslides from its steep walls, it failed to attract the level of traffic expected by its operators.

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More information and contact

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corinth_Canal

Address 20300, Greece

Coordinates 37°56'17.023" N 22°58'45.058" E

Tours and activities: Corinth Canal

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from 601 USD

Corinth and Mycenae Day Trip from Athens

from 585 USD

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