Isthmus of Corinth

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Map of the isthmus around 1888

The Isthmus of Corinth is an isthmus near Corinth in Greece . It forms the only established land connection between the Peloponnese peninsula and the rest of the Greek mainland. There is also a toll connection at Patras via the Rio-Andirrio Bridge in the north .

Since ancient times, this point has not only served to cross the Peloponnese by land, but also to shorten the shipping route from one sea ( Saronic Gulf ) to the other ( Gulf of Corinth ). Thucydides already reported that the isthmus was used for a barrow path to drag watercraft from one side to the other (see the article Diolkos ). At the end of the 19th century, a canal was built at the narrowest point of the isthmus (approx. 6.4 kilometers wide) , the Corinth Canal .

View of the isthmus from the north-west; in the center of the picture the entrance to the Corinth Canal
Map of the isthmus


  • Bruno von Freyberg (Ed.): Geology of the Isthmus of Corinth (Erlanger geological treatises; Vol. 95). Geological Institute, Erlangen 1973.

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Coordinates: 37 ° 56 ′ 29 ″  N , 22 ° 59 ′ 16 ″  E