Posted by vasia on 15 Sep 2008
Category: Olympia General
A visit to Olympia is a must if you travel around Peloponnese. At first, I didn't expect such an impressive site. But we found an organized area with well preserved ancient structures. The museum was excellent. The exhibits were labelled and in good order. There were also some maquettes on how Olympia must have been some centuries ago. The full history of the area was explained in texts on the wall. The archaeological site itself was very big, you needed more than an hour to go all over it. There were ruins of ancient temples, the workshop of sculptor Phedias, even a pre-christian basilica. The highlight, of course, was the Stadium. Simple at construction, but still impressive. After so much walking in rough ground, have a coffee at the cafeterias around the site. Olympia is open to visitors till 7 o'clock in the evening.