Corinth Canal, Greece
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If one travels from Athens West and then South to the ancient town of Mycenae, one first needs to cross the Isthmus of Corinth, which connects the Peloponnesus peninsula to the central part of the country. The isthmus is cut by the famous Corinth Canal.
Several rulers of antiquity dreamed of cutting through the isthmus. After the first failed attempt a simpler overland portage road, named the Diolkos, was built. Along this road, ships were towed from one side of the isthmus to the other. The remanence of this road is still visible today.
An ancient prophecy states, that anyone who proposed the canal would be met with illness. And so, several Roman rulers who attempted to build it, including Caesar, Caligula and Nero, were met with violent death. Nero, who removed the first basket-load of soil in 67AD, went as far as finishing almost 800 yards of the canal, but the project was abandoned when he committed suicide.
But apparently, the prophecy only applies to the ancient times, because the canal was finally built in 1893. It is a very interesting piece of engineering.
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