Day 6 part 2 Olympia

Patagonia Song

24 Sept. 2017

Olympia:  Ὀλυμπία  (Greek: ὈλυμπίαAncient Greek: [olympía])

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Located in the “Valley of Gods”, lies the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece, and the birthplace of the most important athletic mega-event of all times; the Olympic Games. Olympia is one of the most well-known touristic destinations in Greece and one of the most powerful brand names worldwide.

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Olympia is easily accessible from other areas of interest of Greece.  It is less than 4 hours away from Athens and only 1 hour from Patras port, or Kalamata airport. There are numerous daily buses and trains that connect Athens to The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was a giant seated figure, about 13 m (43 ft) tall, made by the Greek sculptor Phidias around 435 BC at the sanctuary of Olympia, Greece, and erected in the Temple of Zeus there. A sculpture of ivory plates and gold panels over a wooden framework, it represented the god Zeus sitting on an elaborate cedar wood throne ornamented with ebony, ivory, gold and precious stones. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it was lost and destroyed during the 5th century AD with no copy ever being found, and details of its form are known only from ancient Greek descriptions and representations on coins. Another option for getting to Olympia from Athens is to take one of the many sightseeing tours available out of Athens.

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The visitor can walk through the impressive ruins of the area where athletes trained and run in the ancient stadium; just as the ancient Olympians did after their victory 3000 years ago. They can also visit the museum and get the chance to see some unbelievable sculptures such as the sculpted decoration of the temple of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the famous Hermes of Praxiteles and the statue of Nike of Paionios.

 

 

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was a giant seated figure, about 13 m (43 ft) tall, made by the Greek sculptor Phidias around 435 BC at the sanctuary of Olympia, Greece, and erected in the Temple of Zeus there. A sculpture of ivory plates and gold panels over a wooden framework, it represented the god Zeus sitting on an elaborate cedar wood throne ornamented with ebony, ivory, gold and precious stones. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it was lost and destroyed during the 5th century AD with no copy ever being found, and details of its form are known only from ancient Greek descriptions and representations on coins.

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As you walk through the archaeological site, pass through the column and look around, bread and listen, you will realize you are not alone there, many strong men came at that very place you are standing to fight and win.

And over them, Zeus himself whacked over like he watches you right now… So when you arrive at the stadium make a competition whit someone that you are travelling with or someone from your group in honour for Zeus. I did it and wone, as Zeus was kind to me to let me win 🙂 and have a beautiful memory so that I can write now a good story.

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