About Ancient Corinth and Daphni Monastery
Ancient Corinth, the world-renowned Corinth Canal and the UNESCO Monastery of Daphni.
Duration: Half day
After a morning pick up from your centrally located hotel, the bus will drive to Corinth via Iera Odos (the Sacred Way), so called because it was the route taken by a procession celebrating the Eleusinian Mysteries, initiations were held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis in ancient Greece.
The first stop will be at the Monastery of Daphni, a 11th-century Byzantine monastery listed as an World Heritage site together with the monasteries Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios. The interior of the church is decorated with superb mosaics, a unique, fine example of the Classical idealism of Middle Byzantine art. The crowded scenes of the mosaics narrate scenes from the life of Christ and the Virgin.
Driving along the coastal road, you'll reach the Corinth Canal, which joins the Aegean and Ionian Sea (there'll be a short stop here for photos of the breathtaking view). Shortly after you will reach the ancient town of Corinth, where St. Paul lived and preached for two years (Acts 18:1-18). Visit the ruins of the ancient city where Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla, see the remains of the first century shops, the Agora where Paul’s trial by Gallio took place, the Fountain of Peirene, and one of the most outstanding monuments of the pre–Roman period, theTemple of Apollo.
Dates of Operation:
Every Friday from April to October 2019
Departure time: approximately 08:45 am
Return time: approximately 14:30