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    Olympia is where the original Olympic games were held. It's a little overwhelming at first because the space is so enormous, but it's super cool to explore. We didn't have too much time there, but you could spend a whole day exploring the ruins if you are so inclined.

    My personal favorite moment when I was there was when the boyfriend and I ran the course of the original Olympic Stadium. We're not in shape and it's a lot longer than it looks, but it was still a fun and unique experience.

    Olympia is also the site where the Statue of Zeus once stood, which is one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. There's not much left of the temple it once stood in, but it's still worth the visit.

    The nearby museum is also worth the visit. You can get combo tickets for both sites.

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    The site of the first olympic games, dating back to 700BC. You can easily spend half a day wondering around this huge site. Try running on the original track as I did but don't miss the museum which houses amazing artefacts & is a good place to cool down afterwards!

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    How amazing. The museum is worth it, but remember no posed photos and no flash. The historical site is incredible. While there is a lot to see on your own, a guide can enhance the experience and make it so richly detailed. Visiting the first Olympic stadium, and learning about how the games were held, where they trained, how they got fresh water, how the men and women had different finish lines, how the winners erected statues of themselves, and the cheaters were required to erect statues to put by the entrance for eternal shame to their family, and to remind others not to cheat. Well worth the time to see. What amazing feats of architecture and history. Whew

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    i didn't put "loved it" not because it wasn't nice or attractive. because it had been fabulous!!! the only problem it was the weather... IT WAS SO BOILIN HOT!!!! i thought i was going to melt!!

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    This is the site where the Olympic Dream began. In ancient Greece only men were allowed to compete in the games and actually be authorized to be on site as women were not allowed to see the games. Men competed completely naked and the body strength more than the age was a winning feature. Visiting the site made me feel so privileged, it has been a great experience to walk among the gigantic columns of the immense Greek temples. The site underwent numerous changes in the years included a tsunami. Once near the sea, today shell shaped hollow designs can still be seen in the columns. The running field is the most inspiring place, entering throw the arch way the field opens into a tracking zone where there remains the ancient marble line that was the winning line of the marathon. Walking to the line, the open space allows you to imagine the site as it once was, filled with public eager to celebrate the winners. For sport lovers, it is a surreal place that makes you feel invincible.

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    The birthplace of the Olympic Games. From this place the travel of the olympic flame begins and it ends at the Olympic stadium of the city organized the Games.

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    Site of the first Olympics which remains in its natural state.

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Olympia was the site of the ancient Olympic Games, which were celebrated every four years by the Greeks. Olympia was situated in a valley in Elis, in western Peloponnisos, through which runs the Alpheus River. It was not a town, but only a sanctuary with buildings associated with games and the worship of the gods. Olympia was a national shrine of the Greeks and contained many treasures of Greek art, such as temples, monuments, altars, theaters, statues, and votive offerings of brass and marble. The Altis, or sacred precinct, enclosed a level space about 200m long by nearly 177m wide. In this precinct were the chief centers of religious worship, the votive buildings, and buildings associated with the administration of the games. It was transcribed to the World Heritage List in 1989.

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Aliases: Archea Olympia, Ancient Olympia, Olympia, Ολυμπία, Archaia Olympia