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Ancient Corinth
Corinth Canal
La Grèce
Le Péloponnèse
Διώρυγα της Κορίνθου
Kanaal van Korinthe

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Greece - Poseidonia, ‘sinking’ bridge

Greece - Poseidonia, ‘sinking’ bridge 

When hearing or reading the words Corinth Canal, almost everyone has in front of them the image of the straight canal with its steep, almost perpendicular walls (PiP4) and the bridges connecting the two banks high above the water.

But at the western end of the canal close to Corinth it looks very different; no high cliffs and an almost flat landscape and a ‘sinking’ bridge, connecting Corinth/Poseidonia with Loutraki. The bridge - like the one at the other end of the canal near Isthmia - was constructed in 1988. The bridge lowers its deck 8 meters below water level, permitting waterborne traffic to use the waterway.

We had to wait some time, because ships can only pass through the canal on a one-way system. The waiting was rewarded with a spectacular view of the subducting and rising bridge. After that we could cross the bridge on our way to Loutraki (PiP3).

Ernest CH, vero, Holger Hagen, Misou 49 and 45 other people have particularly liked this photo

52 comments - The latest ones
fifi club
Impressionnant ***************
Bonne semaine.
5 weeks ago.
Jean club
A great series of shots and an astonishing bridge.
5 weeks ago.
 Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo club
5 weeks ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
I have not seen this bridge when I was there, it has been constructed much later !! Interesting, Jaap ! Have a nice week !
5 weeks ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Superbes vues du canal !
Have a nice week
5 weeks ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Great shots and PiPs here to see - and a very interesting history !
5 weeks ago.
 Guy Bacca
Guy Bacca club
Belles images de ce pont étonnant
5 weeks ago.
Kawasirius club
Un contraste de couleurs uniques pour un pont original ! Une capture formidable, Jaap !
Les PIPs nous montrent des vues remarquables sur cet ouvrage ainsi que le canal étroit bordé de hautes falaises creusées par la main de l'homme ! Un reportage que j'apprécie beaucoup par sa qualité !
Je vous souhaite de passer une bonne semaine, Jaap !
5 weeks ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Outstanding series and info! Stay well!
5 weeks ago.
 Aschi "Freestone"
Aschi "Freestone" club
a very interesting bridge and description
5 weeks ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
A very interesting series Jaap and great information.
5 weeks ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Beautiful image, nice reflections and wonderful PiP's.
5 weeks ago.
HappySnapper club
Wonderful series of PIPs Jaap, immediately on seeing this I recalled the mythical journey of Jason with his Argonaughts passing through this canal in search of the Golden Fleece aided by the God of the sea Neptune.
5 weeks ago.
 Hansruedi Voegele
Hansruedi Voegele club
Sehr schöne Aufnahmen !
5 weeks ago.
 Walter 7.8.1956
Walter 7.8.1956 club
Danke für die sehr schönen Bilder Jaap!!!
5 weeks ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Sehr interessant, Jaap ! Ich wünsch dir eine schöne Woche !
5 weeks ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Superbe et remarquable par son reflet...!
5 weeks ago.
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
A very strong diagonal composition with great colour contrast and a magical reflection. All the best, Joe
5 weeks ago.
J.Garcia club
Amazing images and details!
The first PiP is superb enlarged
Thanks and also the great infirmation, Jaap

I don't know this bridge
5 weeks ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
What an amazing place this is, and one documented to the highest degree here Jaap. Maybe one day I too shall get to see this in reality. Until reading your narrative I had never heard of a 'sinking' bridge before. Thanks for sharing. Herb
5 weeks ago. Edited 5 weeks ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A really fascinating set of images Jaap. I've never seen a sinking bridge before - what a fantastic idea, and clever engineering. I love the main image with the high visibility markings on the bridge and the reflections. The colour of the deeper water is sublime.

Super PiPs too...........especially which brought back memories for me of traveling through the Corinth Canal on a Royal Navy ship - it was a very tight fit, but absolutely amazing!
5 weeks ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
great serie, amazing colours and reflections, huge deep canal
5 weeks ago.
Tacheles club
Een geweldige serie fotos, Jaap. Spectaculair.
5 weeks ago.
 Dean Morley (on and off)
Dean Morley (on and… club
Een fijne verzameling foto's, Jaap, en de kleur van dat water vind ik heel mooi. :-)
5 weeks ago.
volker_hmbg club
Nice series and story!
5 weeks ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Interseting set of images and a fascinating bridge Jaap
5 weeks ago.
uwschu club
interessantes Bauwerk
5 weeks ago.
Proxar club
beautiful capture!
5 weeks ago.
cammino club
Impressive building!
5 weeks ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
Stunning !!!**********
5 weeks ago.
 Hélène Lombard
Hélène Lombard club
Un bel ouvrage impressionnant !!! Bonne semaine.
5 weeks ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très beaux reflets pour cette photo. Nicole.
5 weeks ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
heel mooi!
5 weeks ago.
Esther club
I've never heard of a bridge like this. How unusual.
5 weeks ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
★彡 Good work. Have a lovely new week 彡★
5 weeks ago.
 Roger Dodger
Roger Dodger club
That is a very interesting structure Jaap.
5 weeks ago.
RHH club
What an unusual bridge. Never saw the like! Beautiful photo, too, Jaap.
5 weeks ago.
beverley club
. . . so very well taken and presented . . indeed your wait was rewarded . . .
5 weeks ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club has replied to beverley club
Thank you so much.

Perhaps check your settings, as I can not comment on your latest pictures !!
5 weeks ago.
Christa1004 club
Thanks Jaap for these interesting information. Indeed, for me the Corinth canal goes on a long line straight on with its vertical walls, as shown on your last PiP. I never imagined that it could be like this (your main photo).
5 weeks ago.
 Gary Schotel
Gary Schotel club
Nice and interesting.
5 weeks ago.
 Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland club
Outstanding capture.
5 weeks ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Great picture.
Thank you for the perfect Note, as usual.
Take care.
5 weeks ago.
tiabunna club
That's fascinating, Jaap. We have lifting bridges, but I'd not previously seen a sinking bridge! A great series.
5 weeks ago.
 David Slater (Spoddendale)
David Slater (Spodde… club
I had never heard of a sinking bridge Jaap. Many thanks for the education!
5 weeks ago.
 Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall club
Brilliant Jaap , I've been there too and remember it well but it didn't perform on the day we were there. The original bridge over the canal was blown in 1941. Allied and Greek troops were retreating over the bridge and the Germans attempted an airborne assault to capture it using paratroops and glider infantry. The original attempt to blow the bridge failed as the wires had been cut and allegedly the charges were set off by a British sniper firing on them with a rifle. It meant that a lot of allied troops were trapped on the wrong side of the canal, and taken prisoner but the action stopped the Germans long enough to organise an evacuation from Greece, and saved many more Allied soldiers
5 weeks ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club has replied to Richard Nuttall club
Richard thank you for this interesting additional information.
5 weeks ago.
 Jean Paul Capdeville
Jean Paul Capdeville club
Belle ambiance de couleurs et structure étonnante. Amicalement. Jean paul
4 weeks ago.
 Franco Timpanaro
Franco Timpanaro
Bella ed interessante
4 weeks ago.
photosofghosts club
Nice diagonal of vivid colours !
All the best
4 weeks ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Jaap

A very nice set of pictures, which I really like

Great and interesting information too!

Best Wishes, a nice weekend, and stay safe!!
4 weeks ago.
 Beatrice Degan(MARS)
Beatrice Degan(MARS) club
brilliant series of images in great colors and light.
3 weeks ago.

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