The narrow canal between the Greek mainland and the Peloponnese is called the Isthmus of Corinth. Already the Roman emperor Nero sent 6.000 slaves to cut a canal through the isthmus. 3 Month later, after the suicide of Nero, the construction work was stopped due to high costs.
The Corinth Canal has a length of 4.0 mi was completed in the 19th century. To reach 26 ft depth of water one had to dig 275 ft through the rocks. Up to now approx. 30 ships per day pass the Isthmus of Corinth. At each end of the channel submersible bridges were installed, so that the canal can be crossed by cars and trains.
While we are waiting for ships to pass the Corinth Canal we see some participants of the Spartathlon. Held annually, the Spartathlon is a 153 mi ultra marathon race between Athens and Sparta.
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