TEMPLE OF APOLLO - Ancient Corinth

Updated: Nov 23, 2021

Temple of Apollo - Ancient Corinth

The monolithic limestone Doric columns of the Temple of Apollo (built approx. 560 BC) in Ancient Corinth that tower over 7m is quite a sight to behold.


By Alexios Demos on December 6, 2019
Doric Columns Temple of Apollo Ancient Corinth
Monolithic Doric Columns | Temple of Apollo | Ancient Corinth | © Copyright 2021 Alexios Demos

Indicative Information | Tickets Full: €8, Reduced: €4 | Visiting Times Summer: 08:00 -20:00 | Ancient Corinth, Corinth (Prefecture of Korinthia) Postcode: 20007 | More info call +302741031207 / 2741031207

The significance of Ancient Corinth is prodigious as the city-state played a role in every single major conflict of Ancient Greece and remained a key location all the way to modern times such as during the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire (1821 AD).

“Not to be missed this temple can be visited via an easy 1-hour drive from Athens (98km distance). The history of Ancient Corinth is especially extensive beginning from the Neolithic period (6500-3250 BC)”

Today this is one of the best sites you can visit due to the reason that along with the Ancient Greek structures there are also many remains of Ancient Corinth as a Roman colony.


Temple of Apollo - Ancient Corinth

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I present to you the Temple of Apollo an Archaic temple from 560 B.C - one of the oldest Doric temples still standing since Ancient Greece! Not to be missed this temple can be visited via an easy 1-hour drive from Athens (98km distance). The history of Ancient Corinth is especially extensive beginning from the Neolithic period (6500-3250 BC) where due to its geostrategic position at a pivotal point in combination with the especially fertile land in the region spanning ultimately all the way to Julius Caesar (where Corinth became a Roman colony). The significance of Ancient Corinth is prodigious as the city-state played a role in every single major conflict of Ancient Greece and remained a key location all the way to modern times such as during the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire (1821 AD).

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Ancient Corinth was an especially wealthy city-state and had a sizeable military force as well and the Temple of Apollo was built at the height of this power at a time when the Isthmian Games became incorporated into the Panhellenic Games (the Olympic Games were also a part of the Panhellenic Games). Unfortunately, for the Corinthians nearly 100 years later the great success of Athens in trading via sea routes in combination with their production of ceramic vases ultimately stole their scepter as supreme city-state after the Persian Wars (490-479 BC). Today this is one of the best sites you can visit due to the reason that along with the Ancient Greek structures there are also many remains of Ancient Corinth as a Roman colony. The archaeological museum originally built in 1932 and recently renovated is easily one of the best I have ever visited in all of Greece, so I hope you discover it!

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In my mind in terms of construction materials, I tend to associate marble with Ancient Greece and limestone with Ancient Egypt. Witnessing these limestone bulky columns as a Greek architect was especially intriguing as I felt a fusion of both cultures and the result is that even though the temple doesn’t have the finesse of i.e. the Parthenon the expansive site counter weighs the imposing nature of the temple bringing equilibrium.

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Date of Visit: Nov 23, 2019 Weather Conditions: Afternoon visit on a wonderful sunny winter Monday!

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Additional Site Photographs (4):

Temple of Apollo Ancient Corinth Side View Doric Columns
Monolithic Doric Columns | Temple of Apollo | Ancient Corinth | © Copyright 2021 Alexios Demos

Doric Columns Temple of Apollo Ancient Corinth Water Reflection
Inside the Temple | Temple of Apollo | Ancient Corinth | © Copyright 2021 Alexios Demos

Doric Columns Temple of Apollo Ancient Corinth Mountain View
Feel the Energy | Temple of Apollo | Ancient Corinth | © Copyright 2021 Alexios Demos


Photographing Doric Columns Temple of Apollo Ancient Corinth Alexios Demos
Alexios On Site! | Temple of Apollo | Ancient Corinth | © Copyright 2021 Alexios Demos
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