Great Greece Trip: Day 8, Corinth Canal & Cape Sounio

Corinth Canal & The Temple Of Poseidon

Trip to the Corinth Canal

Corinth Canal

The famous Corinth Canal, which separates the Peloponnese from mainland Greece, connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf. The Corinth Canal, though only completed in the late 19th century, was an idea and dream that’s dates back over 2000 thousand years.

The strip of land that connects the Peloponnese and mainland Greece is called the “Isthmus”. At it’s narrowest point, it is only 4 miles wide, and in ancient times, one could see from one side to the other.

Before the Corinth Canal was constructed, ships had to travel all around the Peloponnese, which added approximately 185 nautical miles, and several days more travel to their journey time


Corinth Canal

Facts about the Corinth Canal

  • Length: 6343 meters (3.94 miles)
  • Width at land level: 24.60 meters
  • Width at Sea Bed: 21.30 meters
  • Water Depth: 8 meters
  • Highest Point from Sea Level: 79 meters
  • Cut Depth from rock tops: ~ 1000 feet

Cape Sounio, Temple Of Poseidon

Cape Sounio was an amazing location to phogotraph! The rough landscap created beautiful vistas that went on forever.  Plus the ruins at the Cape of the Temple of Poseidon were stunning.  For this reason I chose to concentrate on Infrared!  I chose 590nm (no surprise there) and the 14-150mm Olympus lens.  I was able to produce some stunning images that just might be my best Infrared work for the entire trip!

Temple Of Poseidon, 590nm Faux Color IR

Soúnio has been a sacred site since very ancient times. The “sanctuary of Sounion” is first mentioned in the Odyssey, as the place where Menelaus stopped during his return from Troy to bury his helmsman, Phrontes Onetorides.

Construction on a grand Temple of Poseidon began around 500 BC but was never completed; the temple and all the votive offerings were destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC. The Temple of Poseidon that now stands at Soúnio was built in 444 BC atop the older temple ruins. The Temple of Athena was also built at this time, atop her ancient sanctuary on the cape.


Temple Of Poseidon, 590nm Faux Color IR

Temple Of Poseidon, 590nm B&W IR

Local marble was used for the Temple of Poseidon’s Doric columns; 15 of the original 34 survive today. The columns were cut with only 16 flutings instead of the usual 20, which reduced the surface area exposed to the wind and sea water.


Cape Sounio, 590nm Faux Color IR

On the east side of the main path is an Ionic frieze made from 13 slabs of Parian marble. Badly eroded now, it depicted scenes from the battle of the Lapiths and centaurs and from the adventures of the hero Theseus (son of Poseidon in some legends).


Olive Groves, Cape Sounio, 590nm Faux Color IR


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