Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Olympia: The birthplace of the Olympic Games

Located across the museum, the archeological site of the first Olympics Games was nothing short of impressive. If there was one place where a tour guide was indispensable, this was it. However, since we did not sign up for a group tour we had to be content with seeing the ruins and probably checking the web later for information. Also, we had come in earlier than most I was guessing because the site was not crowded as I feared it would be. In addition, I only spotted one guided tour group and this was towards the end of our visit.

I am sure that clicking on the link above on archeological site would give you enough historical information on the site. What I will provide here are some of the innumerous shots I took of the site.

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Entering the gated area with us was a cat. It led us to the ruins site.

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Looks like a cauldron for the torch.

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Entering the stadium.

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The starting line for the track events.

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Visitors run the length.

As we continued our exploration, we came across a series of buildings. One was labelled workshop and we believe one was quarters or lodging of either or both the athletes and the officials.

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The sky on that glorious October day was glorious. The rai that fell earlier in the day did not leave any reminder except for a few puddles along the road.

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26 comments:

  1. That cat is so cute! Was it friendly? Did you pet it? I should visit this place someday; as a runner and marathoner it would be very exciting for me to see where everything started.

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  2. Gorgeous shots of the city.

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  3. The fine pictures of the ruins shows us the grandeur of this place now...or one imagine how it was long ago.

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  4. One of my favorite places in Greece!!! I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of weeks in Greece some years ago, wonderful memories -- thanks for those!! Terrific captures and thanks again for sharing the beauty and the history!!

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  5. Hello, what an awesome place to visit. I have always wanted to see the ancient ruins in Greece. Wonderful series of photos. Have a happy day and weekend ahead!

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  6. Impressive old ruins. Love those columns and the old stone arch over the walkway.

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  7. What a treat to see such an ancient and historical place!

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  8. Fantastic shots of Olympic games village.

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  9. Beautiful sky shots and the ancient ruins photo are excellent!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  10. What an amazing place, such a sense of history. I wonder what the people of that time would think of today's overblown, corrupt games?

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  11. Great shots of the ruins, wonderful views!

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  12. Awesome ruins and site. What an amazing place!

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  13. great shots and very interesting post! thanks for sharing :-)

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  14. One day I want to see these ruins with my own eyes, Maria. What is it about them??!! The history is beyond comprehension....

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  15. what an awesome place to visit. your photos do it justice.

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  16. great post! lots of information and amazing pictures! have a great weekend :)

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  17. Nice shots of a historic place.

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  18. This must have been a thrilling visit! To be within such antiquity, such history, had to be so moving. Your photographs are wonderful!

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  19. Looks like you had a great time... what a nice adventure. Nice photos of your visit, it feels like I traveled with you. But someday I would really love to see that in person as well {it's free to dream, right?} :-)
    Maya from Pompeii | Naples, Italy

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  20. Great post, thank you for sharing your experience.

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  21. I think it was a great time to live in :)

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  22. Beautiful ruins with hints of what it once was.

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  23. Wow, just wow! You can imagine the grandeur and history from what is left.

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  24. It demonstrates how advanced they were to be able to build something that lasts this long. Thanks for sharing, these are great.

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  25. What a spectacular site! You captured the images beautifully. I enjoyed the "people" pictures in your next post, too!

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