Olympia - home of the ancient Olympic Games
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
71Trip End Jul 10, 2011
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We then bumped into a group of Australians who were on a bus tour of Europe, having started in London. We answered all their questions about the bike as they recognized the Qld number plate. They had spent the night in Olympia and were given free time in the morning to visit the Games site, which was only 500 metres walking distance from their hotel. Their attitude was nonchalant to say the least! They didn't plan on seeing the site because "it was just another old ruin." To each their own we suppose.
Olympia is famous as the site of the ancient Olympic Games. It also was the location of the Temple of Zeus that housed the gold & silver covered statue of Zeus himself (the top dog of the Ancient Greek Gods), – and it was recognized as one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World.
Today Olympia is famous for the lighting of the Olympic flame before the start of each Games and begins its trek to the site of the Hosting City as part of the Olympic Torch Reply and where the flame burns whilst completion is in progress.
We spent an engrossing time walking around and marveled at a temple called the Philippeion commissioned by Phillip of Macedon and later completed by his son, Alexander the Great.
We walked through the Crypt, a vaulted passage way that links the Stadium to the Altis which is the sacred grove of Olympia.
We passed the Palaestra, which is the training location for ancient athletes prior to competition. Greg had a flashback to the good old days and did his impersonation of Superman - or was it Zeus?