Ancient Olympia

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    • Day 12


      December 10, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Heute Vormittag haben wir die arch. Funde des Olympia besucht. Im Museum war leider Fotoverbot aber einige Aussenaufnahmen haben wir dennoch machen können. Wer mich kennt weiss das ich antike Steine liebe und der kilometerlange Marsch zwischen Olympia Stadion und Zeustempel eine wahre Freude für mich ist 😒. Aber Kultur gehört nunmal dazu ...Read more

    • Day 25

      Does this mean we're athletes?

      September 28 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      This morning began at the same location as the original Olympic games, in Olympia. We explored the ruins from the 8th century B.C. Its extensive ruins include athletic training areas, a stadium and temples dedicated to the gods Hera and Zeus. We both ran the distance of the original stadium, so that pretty much makes us fitness gurus.

      We also explored the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, which held a good amount of the original statues and artifacts from that time.

      After lunch we drove north to Patras, the capital of the Peloponnese and the west coast's largest port. We continued crossing the spectacular Rion-Antirion bridge, which is one of the world's longest multi-span cable-stayed bridges and longest of the fully suspended type. We went through the picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to legendary Delphi.

      Once we arrived in Delphi and checked out the amazing views from our room we headed to dinner, and had a stunning post dinner walk.

      Step count
      Both: 15.2k
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    • Day 21

      Olympia—Home of Heroes

      April 29, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ☁️ 68 °F

      The port of Katakolon is the doorstep to the Ancient Greek town of Olympia. Viking sky docked here today for our last full day of this Mediterranean Adriatic sojourn. A 40-minute bus ride took us to the ancient site of the first Olympic Games, whose recorded history goes back to the year 776 BC. Our guide showed us the site of the gymnasium, where boys from 10 to 15 years of age would engage in boxing, wrestling, and track and field events. There was also a race for girls aged 10-12 who, incidentally, wore white dresses as they ran. Nearby was the hippodrome. Only adult men could participate in the chariot races, though some of the most famous horse breeders in Olympic history were women.

      We saw the ruins of the Temple of Zeus where athletes were required to take an oath to perform honorably without cheating. For most events (but not all) boys and men competed nude. This was to insure that no participant was wearing any item of clothing (like Nike shoes) that would give him an unfair advantage. It was also to prevent any contestant from carry a small weapon that could be used against his opponents. Occasionally an athlete was convicted of misbehavior, such as bribing a judge, ingesting a forbidden substance, or attempting to poison an opponent. The disgraced athlete’s name, along with the names of their family and hometown were inscribed at the base of a statue of Zeus hurling a thunderbolt. This statue was placed in a “Hall of Shame” at the entrance to the stadium. At every Olympic competition thereafter, the crowds would note the names of the cheaters. They and their families would be practically ruined, and many chose to leave Greece after being so publicly embarrassed. Those who won honorably were given a crown of woven olive wreaths, free food for the rest of their lives, and their statue was placed in the hall of heroes. Additionally, for the rest of their lives in their hometown they would be treated as superstars.

      The games awarded a particular honor to the adult who won the 800 meter run. The stadium was 196.2 meters long. Contestants ran in a straight line, down and back, four times while wearing full armor and a full military pack. Their load weighed about 70 pounds. The winner was awarded not only the regular Olympic prizes, but also was allowed to serve as the commander of his hometown militia.

      The 45-foot high statue of Zeus was carved out of marble, ivory and gold by the noted sculptor Phidias, and was considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. He had completed a similar statue of Athena for the Parthenon in Athens. Shortly after finishing Athena, he was exiled from Athens and came to Olympia, vowing that his next statue would put the one in the Parthenon to shame. From all contemporary reports it did exactly that. He also completed a statue of Hermes, which was discovered at the site of Olympia by archaeologists on this site, and still exists today. It is housed in the excellent archaeological museum adjacent to the excavated site.

      The ancient Olympic Games ended around 394 A.D. when Roman emperor Theodosius I, a Christian, declared pagan festivals in to be illegal. Of course the modern Olympic games were revived in the early 20th century, but visiting Olympia, one cannot help imagining how it must have been in ancient times.
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    • Day 25

      Olympia, Greece

      October 2, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

      Our ship moored at the dock in Olympia seaside village, then we boarded buses and drove about 25 miles to the original Olympics archeological site and had a detailed tour. The we were brought back to the village to get our local photos and souvenirs. I included a map of our travels so far.😀Read more

    • Day 8

      Lots of old stones.

      June 7 in Greece ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Early start. Small matter of 60 unpredictable miles to get to Olympia - home of the ancient Olympic games. Such an iconic place would suggest there might be tourist issues so the sooner the arrival time the better. On the road pretty much to time and all was going smoothly until we hit some roadworks. Not your average setup - the whole road had been dug up with just gravel and very little clue as to where to go. Lots of guesswork & the assumption that if it was badly wrong someone would say something. They didn't & we got through only 10 mins later to get a warning about tyre pressure problems. Stopped at the next available point & examined them - seemed ok. Followed the instructions about resetting the pressure monitor & hoped for the best. All this ate into the schedule. Eventually rocked up at Olympia to be greeted by a car park full.of coaches - no space for actual cars. Scooted round town & found a patch of land & again hoped for the best. To the historic site and the hoardes of tourists & school parties didn't fill me with joy. Where possible we'd be looking for the quiet routes but certain areas - namely the stadium was going to be bad. Wandered for a while getting a feel for the Olympic Village.the Took in the stadium and the Temple of Hers, where the flames are lit. By now we were post midday sun so decided to try the museum and took in some really old stuff. Some of the artefacts, in fairness were quite impressive. Left just as 2 school groups arrived. Had a little mooch around town - lots of tourist tat - though the honey store intrigued. Headed back to the car as the school parties approached. Detoured to avoid the dodgy road and got back to find all was cloudy - no sunset just tidying and eating up.Read more

    • Day 3


      September 29 in Greece ⋅ 🌩️ 25 °C

      Als angehende Olympioniken mussten wir natürlich unseren Wurzeln nachgehen und die Heimat der olympischen Spiele erkunden. Seit 1936 wird das olympische Feuer in er Zeremonie vor dem Tempel der Hera durch Sonnenlicht entfacht. Dazu wird eine Spiegelschüssel genutzt und anschließend zum Ausrichtungsort getragen. Daneben befindet sich der Tempel des Zeus. Darin befand sich das antike Weltwunder, eine Zeusstatus aus Elfenbein und Gold.
      Am Kopf des Geländes war das Stadion angesiedelt, in welchem die antiken olympischen Spiele stattfanden. Dieses bietete Platz für 45.000 Zuschauer. Der langgestreckte bogenförmige Eingang flösste Erfrucht ein, wenn man sich vorstellt, dass dahinter so viele Menschen einen live zuschauen.
      Natürlich durfte die Siegerpose von Usain Bolt, einem unserer größten Fans, beim Eingang zum Stadion nicht fehlen.
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    • Day 3

      Olympia, Griechenland

      September 25, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Olympia ist eine antike Stätte auf der griechischen Halbinsel Peloponnes, die ab dem 8. Jahrhundert v. Chr. Austragungsort der ursprünglichen Olympischen Spiele war. Unter den zahlreichen Ruinen befinden sich Trainingsbereiche der Athleten, ein Stadion sowie Tempel, die den Gottheiten Hera und Zeus gewidmet sind.Read more

    • Day 3

      Olympia, Griechenland

      September 25, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Das archäologische Museum in Olympia ist eines der bedeutendsten Museen Griechenlands.
      -Nike des Paionios Bild 2
      -Darstellung eines Delphine Bild 4
      -Der Stier aus dem Nymphäum des Herodes Atticus Bild 6Read more

    • Day 3

      Olympia, Griechenland

      September 25, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Das Museum der Geschichte der antiken Olympischen Spiele  in Olympia in Griechenland, dessen Gebäude auch als Altes Archäologisches Museum oder als Syngreion bezeichnet wird, zeigt 463 Objekte (oft Kopien aus Museen in Griechenland und dem Rest der Welt), die die Geschichte der antiken Olympischen Spiele und des Sports in der Antike bis zum fünften Jahrhundert n. Chr. erläutern.Read more

    • Day 195


      October 12, 2021 in Greece ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

      Die Stadt Olympia könnte man heute als einen grossen Steinhaufen beschreiben. Liest man die Tafeln, hört den Erzählungen der Tourguides zu und lässt die Fantasy spielen dann sieht man eine unglaublich faszinierende Stadt. Durch Erdbeben, Plünderer und die rückentwicklung der menschlichen Intelligenz zerstört.
      Beeindruckend ist wieviel trotz der vergangenden 2000 Jahre noch sichtbar ist. Und das die heute so bedeutenden Spiele fast 2000 Jahre nicht abgehalten wurden.
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