Olympia Archaeological Museum

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    • Day 27

      Olympia Archeologisches Museum

      October 3, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Und nun die Ausgrabugen zu diesem geschichtsträchtigen Ort.
      Bild 1: Schleichtiere der Antike;) Eigentlich Opferbeigaben.
      Bild 3: Darstellung der Nike(Siegesbotin), die Zeus von den Messeniern und Nauoaktieren gestiftet wurde(ca 420v.Chr.)
      Bild 4: Hermes mit dem Dionysosknaben auf dem Arm. Dieser brachte den Knaben nach seiner Geburt zu den Nyphen nach Nysa, die ihn aufzogen, später wurde er als Gott des Weines verehrt.
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    • Day 36


      July 20 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

      Only a 10-minute drive to the archeological site of the Ancient Olympics. This is where we have all seen the lighting of the Olympic torch as it begins its journey to the countries holding the games.

      As we enter the grounds you can see archeologists painstakingly revealing what was once the gymnasium. The whole area was destroyed by the invasions, earthquakes and finally floods covered everything in mud. The revealing started in 1875.

      The fascinating story here is that it all started in the 4th century BC when there was a plan devised to stop or reduce all the civil wars within Greece. The idea being that competing for sports was to become the focus, not fighting.

      Athletes were not only required to excel in a sport, but they also had to attend studies in astronomy, writing, numeracy, language and history. They believed knowledge gave freedom. All the athletes performed naked. No women were involved. They tended to stay home and look after the family.

      Over 45,000 people travel from all over the country to gather to watch athletes wanting to become the champion of sports that included running, discus, boxing and javelin. If you won, you were treated like a god and a statue would be built in your honor. We sat on the bases where statues once were on display beside the entrance to the stadium.

      Entering the stadium was a surreal feeling. Just before we did this we stood where the torch is lit. This ceremony will occur early next year for the Paris Olympics. We have seen this ceremony many times but today it made it more meaningful.

      To the left of the stadium entry archway were the statues of shame. These were the cheats or athletes who broke the rules. To the right were of course the champions so the athletes could look and see on approach which would give them greatness.

      I walked the running field while Sharon posed on the original marble starting line. Imagine what it would have been like 2500 years ago.

      There was so much historical significance to absorb today that I can’t fit it into this blog. The museum provided an insight into the actual pieces found in the site. There was once a 30 metre statue of Zeus that had 250kg of gold and many valuable jewels. It was in the centre of the site. Sadly, invaders destroyed it and melted it down, but they found the workshop and moulds where it was constructed in pieces.

      Lunch was at a world class family operated olive grove. They have won many awards for their olive oil, and we were shown their processing plant and of course we tasted their products. The heat has now caught up with us, so we retreated to the hotel for some quiet time.

      Our evening was hilarious. A nearby restaurant is famous for holding major events in Olympia. This includes the dignitaries that come here to light the Olympic torch.

      Our experience is different. We got to volunteer to cook Greek appetizers with the chef. I volunteered and made tzatziki which was delicious and very garlicky.

      After the buffet and with the help of a few wines we were graced with a Greek dancer who coerced us onto the dance floor. The men later did a dance that was to attract women who expressed their interest by smashing plates at our feet. It was just a great night with heaps of laughs.

      The owner has a collection of Olympic flame torches that gave a great photo opportunity.

      Early start tomorrow as we head back to Athens.
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    • Day 29

      Olympie, berceau des jeux Olympiques 🏅

      June 1 in Greece ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      Aujourd'hui visite d'Olympie sous quasi 30°C, c'était sport 🥵☀️🥵
      C'était le sanctuaire dédié à Zeus et il abritait autrefois l'une des 7 merveilles du monde antique, une statue géante de Zeus en ivoire et or.

      Les premiers Jeux Olympiques on démarré en 776 av JC et puis tous les 4 ans. Au départ, les JO tenaient sur 1 journée car il n'y avait qu'une épreuve de course de vitesse, 25 JO plus tard, l'apparition des courses de chars !

      Fait divers : Aucune femme n'était admise à pénétrer sur les lieux ni en spectatrice ni en participatif.
      Tous les athlètes étaient nus
      En sport de combat leurs corps étaient enduit d'huile

      Le musée archéologique est assez impressionnant et abrite énormément d'objet et de statue. Très sympa à faire, dommage qu'ils n'aient pas fait une reproduction de la statut de Zeus
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    • Day 5


      December 19, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      A turbulent night on the ship - a very windy night made the ship roll substantially. Nonetheless by morning, the sky was clear and the sun was blazing. We jumped on the only excursion booked through the ship - a €15 transfer from Katakolon to Olympia for the UNESCO ruins. Extortionately, if we'd booked transfer and entry tickets (without a guide) through the ship, it cost €40 each...entry to the whole site only costs €6!

      Anyway, a simple 40 minute bus ride took us to the archaeological ruins and museum of ancient Olympia, home of the olympics. We wandered the columns and foundation walls of the site in glorious sunshine. A few buildings remain remarkably well preserved, but much of the site is ruined blocks which have been moved into uniform lines, somewhat obscuring the original floorplan.

      Across the road is the archaeological museum which houses a model of the original site and many statues, pottery and bronze artefacts. Like a sauna inside, the cabinets house information on the different periods of Olympia with some reasonable information, but it is not extensively large. Having had a couple of hours in site, we transferred back to post for a little time shopping before an early 2.30pm all aboard. A late arrival in Kotor tomorrow, so a chance for a lie in. I have also never been more grateful for having visited a place before then I am with Kotor - so there's no need or expectation of climbing up the bloody great hill to the fort tomorrow!
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    • Day 3

      Olympia Museum - God Bods Abound

      April 9 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

      Walking back in time
      To so much tiny pottery and bronze work.
      We think of Ancient times as lacking
      And while I am happy standing here looking back
      There is much more to it than that.

    • Day 191

      Olympia....jaaa wir waren da

      November 22, 2021 in Greece ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      Fühlen uns nun total olympisch...nur der sixpack fehlt noch

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