Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis signed a 9-million-euro package for the studies and construction work necessary for the complete restoration of the sides of the iconic Corinth Canal in southern Greece.
The canal connects the Gulf of Corinth in the Ionian Sea with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea.
It is historically prone to landslides that have led to the frequent barring of ships from passing through on public safety grounds.
In fact a new state of emergency was declared only a few days ago after intense storms and bad weather caused one such landslide.
The initial proposal for constructing the canal was supposedly made in ancient times, and a failed effort was recorded in the 1st century AD.
Work recommenced in 1881 and was finally completed in 1893.
Greece's Iconic Corinth Canal (VIDEO)
Only recently the canal closed due to an avalanche.
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