Corinthian Canal Greece
A unique place where you can see two seas at once – Aegean and Ionian. An extraordinary creation of man started already in antiquity.
The Corinthian Canal is located in Greece, and more precisely it crosses the Corinthian Isthmus, thus separating the Peloponnese peninsula from the rest of the country, making it an island. The main idea behind the creation of this canal was to shorten the distance that ships had to travel between the Ionian and Aegean seas. As a result, the ships that previously sailed around the Peloponnese saved up to 400 km of road. They had already seen the need to shorten the route in ancient times. The first plans can be seen as early as the 6th century BC and are attributed to the tyrant of Corinth, Periander. However, his actions ended with the construction of a road from sea to sea. The real precursor is Nero, who in 67 ordered 6000 slaves to dig the canal. The emperor himself was the first to drive a shovel into the construction site. However, the whole project was abandoned a year later due to Nero’s death – his next Galba abandoned the project due to excessive costs. It was not until the 19th century, in the 1990s, that the idea was finally revived. In 1983, the Greek government completed its construction.