As you stand on the bridge to look down on this site, you'll get an idea of the terrific effort that had to go into the construction. Than, in and of itself, is amazing. However, I knew that in ancient times, this was the area where shups were pulled across the isthmus between the Aegean and Ionean Seas. This brought tremendous wealth to the area since it saved hundreds of miles of treacherous sea voyage for the ship owners. What I didn't know, until our guide told us, was that the area that is now the canal was then a "trough", of sorts. A giant cart was pulled into the sea, then the ships were pulled onto the cart, then the cart was towed along the trough! Very ingenious!
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