Going on Faith

Winter 2017

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PHOTO OP: Many visitors stop for photos atop one of the bridges spanning the Corinthian Canal. Others take snapshots of the column ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite that sits on the highest point of the Acrocorinth. BRING IT HOME: Popular Corinthian souvenirs include local honey, olive oil and hard-to-find spices such as saffron or the spices mastic and mahleb used in authentic Greek Easter bread. A popular non- food item with Greeks and non-Greeks alike is komboloi beads, or "worry beads." You'll see many locals walking around "worrying" or toying with their beads, which come in all colors and designs imaginable. MUST-DO: An annual grape festival each September celebrates the harvest and winemaking tradition of the Corinth area. MUST-TASTE: Portokalopita is a type of sweet cake made with oranges. One variation includes semolina flour and Greek yogurt to pro- duce a moist sweet cake; others include shredded filo pastry for a bit of crunch. Common ingredients in the area around Corinth include sea- food, goat's milk cheeses, Greek-style yogurt, olives and fresh herbs. • ANCIENT KORINTHOS — Located about five miles north of the modern-day city, the archaeological site of Ancient Korinthos has a museum that details the history of the ancient city, with relics unearthed in the excavations. Among the ruins are the Roman forum, a basilica and baths; the Temple of Apollo; and the agora, or city center, which included the market where Paul, Aquila and Priscilla likely sold their wares. • PERIVOLAKIA SQUARE — This park is a great stop for a snack, some shopping or sight- seeing. The area has multiple coffee shops and boutiques, and across the street are the city's courthouse and a statue of Archbishop Damascenus Papaudreou of Greece, an important figure in 20th-century Greek history. • HISTORICAL AND FOLKLORE MUSEUM This museum highlights Greek heritage and cul- ture. On display at the museum are many tradi- tional Greek costumes from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as samples of ancient embroi- dery, jewelry and tools. • EL. VENIZELOS SQUARE AND THE SEASIDE ZONE — This area is home to the Pegasus statue, a popular symbol of Corinth. This area is most famous for the small port of Floisvos and the marina, which is known for its many high-end shops and yachts. Also close to this area is the Kalamia, a picturesque, pebble-strewn beach that features many coffee shops and tav- erns. • ACROCORINTH — Just south of the city of Corinth, this peak has served as the fortified acrop- olis of Corinth for hundreds of years. The Acrocorinth is home to the oldest and largest castle on the Peloponnesian Peninsula, dating from the Middle Ages, and to the Temple of Aphrodite from the Greek period. Other ruins include Christian churches and buildings dating from the Ottoman era. In addition to these historical features, the Acrocorinth is home to an expansive botanical gar- den that features many wildflowers indigenous to the region. The botanical garden is part of the Natura 2000 European Union habitat network, a larger conservation effort to preserve species unique to the European continent. FOR CHURCH GROUPS T O P AT T R A C T I O N S www.visitgreece.gr R E S E A R C H I N G Y O U R T R I P Coastal town in Greece Greek olive groves

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