The Isthmus of Corinth is a narrow (3.9 mi. or 6.3 km wide) land bridge that connects the Peloponnese peninsula with the rest of mainland Greece, near the city of Corinth. Since 1893 the Corinth Canal has run through the isthmus, making the Peloponnese an island.
The Ancient Greeks tried to cut a canal, but didn’t have the proper equipment. In 67 AD, the Roman emperor Nero ordered 6,000 captured Jewish pirates to dig a canal with spades. According to Wiki, Pliny the Elder wrote that the work advanced four stadia (about 5/8 km). The following year Nero died, and his successor Galba abandoned the project. Possibly the worst job ever?
After Greece gained its independence from the Ottoman Empire, the canal was completed after eleven years’ work.
Greece is one of my all-time favorite destinations. Everywhere you look, it’s like a postcard.
Hope your week’s going well so far.