Akrokórinthos : Michelin's recommendations
Poised between heaven and earth and blending in with the surrounding rocks, the ruins of Akrokórinthos (the acropolis of Corinth) ) are among the most impressive in the world due to their size, the desolate grandeur of the site they sit atop, and the vast panorama they command. A Greek acropolis, a Roman then a Byzantine citadel, Akrokórinthos was taken by the Franks in 1210 following a five-year siege. It was a fief of the Villehardouins, then in around 1325 came under the control of Philippe de Tarente from the Angevin dynasty ruling over Naples. In 1358 it passed to the Florentines when Robert II of Tarentum gave the seigneury of Corinth to Nicolo Acciaiuoli, an arms manufacturer and banker. It was subsequently held by the Palaiologi of Mystra (1394), by the Knights of Rhodes, and starting in the 15C by the Turks, with a brief Venetian interlude from 1687 to 1715. The access ramp from the parking area to the fortress has spectacular views of the three lines of defence and the three gates protecting the citadel on its western side. Not to be missed: the keep overlooking the remains of the Frankish castle of the Villehardouins, the Peirene Spring and the famous Temple of Aphrodite at the highest point of Akrokórinthos (574m), offering a fine panorama.
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