Olympia

The last stop on our Greek odyssey was the birthplace of the Olympic games - the fair city of Olympia.

Olympia is on exactly the other side of the Peloponnese from Corinth, so our bus journey from Corinth to Pyrgos (from which we transferred to Olympia) was a scenic one. The bus stuck mainly to the coast and out our window we got to watch the Peloponnesian countryside go by.

There isn’t really a modern city next to ancient Olympia. Instead, there’s a little tourist town built up by the Olympics in Athens in 2004. They held the opening ceremonies in Olympia, and they light all of the Olympic torches in the Temple of Hera.

Temple of Hera at Olympia, photo by me

The site is quite beautiful. Like many of the ancient Greek sites, it’s in the wilderness (sort of). There are lots of trees and lots of lizards and snakes. It definitely adds atmosphere to the photos.

A tholos, photo by me

I have a theory that they strategically place trees and bushes to make for better shots for the tourists.

Ruins, photo by me

Olympia was also the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the statue of Zeus at Olympia. That makes it the third site of the Wonders that I’ve seen!

Zeus was here, photo by me

The museum at Olympia is so amazing, they have molds used to make the colossal statue of Zeus.

Molds used to make pieces of the statue of Zeus, photo by me

And of course, there’s the Olympic stadium:

Stadium, photo by me

But it’s a bit anti-climactic.

5 Comments

  • By Eleni, June 3, 2010 @ 10:55 pm

    That stadium isn’t exactly the most impressive feat of engineering, eh? Weren’t there seats or anything?

    Do they still have any actual pieces of the Zeus anywhere, or just the molds?

    As always, very cool!

  • By Sebastian, June 6, 2010 @ 1:30 am

    I’m nought for seven on the ol’ Wonders… but a Nile cruise is on the cards! I just don’t know when… next year, at this rate :)

    Looks like I will have to do Greece, eh!

  • By LiLu, June 6, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

    I can’t wait to visit Greece someday. Maybe after their economy recovers a bit…

  • By S.I.F., June 8, 2010 @ 6:47 am

    That IS a bit anti climactic! Too funny! I don’t know what I expected from the olympic stadium, but certainly “more” comes to mind! :)

  • By Lisa, June 10, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

    These photos are beautiful. For some reason I never imagined that a bunch of trees/wildlife would surround some of the famous sites…makes it even more breathtaking!

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