"The Ancient Site of Olympia" Greece Things to Do Tip by Paul2001

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  The Archway into the Stadium, Olympia
by Paul2001

The archeological sight of Olympia is one of the most delightful such sights in all of Greece. It's setting a pinetree filled valley is fantastic. As opposed to Delphi there is plenty of shade in which to escape to blistering Greek sun. The sight contains numerous temple ruins that are interesting to gaze upon. Remember that you are not permitted to climb up on top of the these temple ruins or a security guard will blow his or her whistle and shake his or her finger at you. This seemed to happen alot.
What really is not that impressive is the actual stadium where the athletes performed during the Olympics. Today there is nothing more than a pitch surrounded by the slope of a hill which at one time contained seats or bleachers for the audience.
According to tradition the Olympics Games were begun here in 776 B.C. and held every four years until 395 A.D. Most of the ruins that you see here date from the 5th and 6th century B.C.

Directions: Just south of the town of Olympia

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 4, 2003
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