Corinth Canal

There are a number of man-made canals across the world, built to cut short the route of ships. Such canals, including Panama canal, the Suez, The White Sea-Baltic Sea and Volga-Don Canal, etc., offer easier or alternative transportation routes across major seawater networks worldwide, enabling the movement goods or people in much more comfortable ways.

The Corinth Canal in Greece is one of the oldest such canals in the world and a very important navigational route in the Greek archipelago connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf.

The canal’s position, thereby also separates the peninsula of Peloponnese – conveniently converting it into an island – with the Greek mainland. And, while the Greece canal is quite narrow, it is a fact that the canal is a vital lifeline for ships wanting to enter the Aegean Sea.

Spanning a distance of 6.3 kilometres, the Corinth Canal has a depth of 26 feet and its width alters between a minimum of 69 feet and a maximum of 82 feet at the bottom and at the surface respectively. Surrounded by walls standing at a height of 170 feet, the canal helps a ship to save a journey of 185 nautical miles.

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Before the construction of the canal, ships passing through this oceanic area had to endure a circuitous and a roundabout route in order to enter even the Mediterranean and the Black Seas in addition to the Aegean Sea.
gulf of corinth and Saronic Gulf

Distance from Nafplio: 35 min

 

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