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1. Olympia Archaeological Site

| Time from city center: 5' walk | Distance from city center: 0,7 km |

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According to the World Heritage website There is probably no ancient archaeological site anywhere in the world that has more relevance on today΄s world than Olympia. The stadium of Olympia, where the ancient Olympic Games were held, and the massive temple of Zeus, the largest temple in the Peloponnese, are some of the attractions of the site. The best way to get the most out of your visit is to actually race in the stadium like the athletes used to do and feel the vibes!


2. Archaeological Museum of Olympia

| Time from city center: 5' walk | Distance from city center: 0,7 km |

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The museum is a must, as it has some unbelievable sculptures such as the sculpted decoration of the temple of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the statue of Nike by Paionios and the famous Hermes of Praxiteles are major museum's masterpieces. Equally important is the bronze collection, the richest of its kind in the world.


3. History of the (ancient) Olympic Games Museum

| Time from city center: 3' walk | Distance from city center: 0.5 km |

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Alfios River Festival is organized for the protection and development of Alfios' basin: “From destruction to creation”. The music events feature many Greek well known artists and music groups such as Thanos Mikroutsikos, Locomondo, and Sokratis Malamas. The attendants and visitors have the chance to be informed on voluntary actions and to take part in interactive workshops about ecology, art and philosophy along with participate in many sports in Alfios river (Kayak, Hydrospeed, ect.). The festival is carried out with the support of prefecture of Ilia and many NGOs.


4. Museum of the Modern Olympic Games

| Time from city center: 1' walk | Distance from city center: 0.1 km |

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This small museum off of the main street in Olympia city, hosts a bunch of artifacts from the modern Olympics, including the silk-lined box in which they transported Pierre de Coubertin's heart to be buried in Olympia in 1939. Lots of photos and documents from the revival period and a nice summary of each host city for all summer and some of winter games. Tripadvisor members state about this museum: "If you go to Olympia you must go here. It's part of the deal"!


5. Pierre de Coubertin's Monument

| Time from city center: 5' walk | Distance from city center: 0.7 km |

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Pierre Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (1 January 1863 – 2 September 1937) was a French pedagogue and historian, founder of the International Olympic Committee, and considered father of the modern Olympic Games. The first modern Olympic Games were held in the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and the second, the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. He was buried in Lausanne (the seat of the IOC), although, in accordance with his will, his heart was buried separately in a monument near the ruins of ancient Olympia. Do not miss the opportunity to take a walk along the Stadium to see this monument.


6. Temple of Apollo Epikourios

| Time from city center: 1 hour by car | Distance from city center: 30 km at Bassae, Figaleia (near Andritsena) |

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The temple of Apollo Epikourios, one of the most important and most imposing temples of antiquity, stands in the bare and rocky landscape of Bassae, at Figaleia. And was built over an older temple bythe inhabitants of Phygalia to thank Apollo for everting sickness. The temple, which is the most fully preserved in Greece is called "Parthenon of the Peloponnese. This Temple was the first Greek site to be inscribed on the World Heritage List, in1986 with the following comment (quote): This famous temple to the god of healing and the sun was built towards the middle of the 5th century B.C. in the lonely heights of the Arcadian mountains. The temple, which has the oldest Corinthian capital yet found, combines the Archaic style and the serenity of the Doric style with some daring architectural features.

7. Temple of Aphrodite

| Time from city center: 1 hour by car | Distance from city center: 30 km, at Figaleia (next to Andritsena). |

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This small temple is situated northeast of the temple of Apollo Epikourios. The temple was built in the Archaic period along with another dedicated to Artemis Orthasia, possibly by poor Phigaleians- citizens of Figaleia- who settled at Bassae. Here, Aphrodite was worshiped as goddess of fertility together with Artemis Orthasia, protector of small children. The findings from this area (bronze mirrors, terracotta female busts and the bones of sacrificial animals) indicate that both temples were used throughout the Archaic and Classical periods and were abandoned in the third century BC. You can visit this temple during your visit to the famous Temple of Apollo Epikourios (No 6).


 

8. Ancient Ilida

| Time from city center: 1 hour by car | Distance from city center: 57 km, near Kyllini |

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Ancient Ilida, was one of the most important cultural centers of Peloponnesus in ancient times, and was the host city of the Games and the capital of Ilia. Major cultural event are held every summer, both in the Ancient Theatre of Ilidas and in the Castle Chlemoutsi (No9).


9. Chlemoutsi medieval Castle

| Time from city center: 50' by car | Distance from city center: 40 km, at Kyllini |

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Chlemoutsi is a medieval castle a fortress, was built to protect the invaders from other parts of Europe. Today it is abandoned, and has been turned into a tourist attraction. It sits atop a hill 135 m above sea level and surrounded by pine trees and houses. The castle was built between 1220 and 1223 during the rule of Geoffrey I of Villehardouin, with the use of confiscated Church property. After World War II and the Greek Civil War, it became a preserved landmark. Press on to the top for one of the great Greek panoramas. Out to sea, Cephalonia, Ithaki and Zakynthos look near enough to touch on a clear, summer's day. North, across the Gulf, you'll see the sierras of the Sterea Ellada. South and east, ridge after ridge of misty blue summits rise towards the Erymanthos range.


10. Nestor's Palace

| Time from city center: 3 hours tour by car | Distance from city center: 120 km, at Pylos, Messinia |

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Pylos, or Pílos (Italian: Navarino), is a large bay and a town on the west coast of the Peloponnese, in the district of Messenia. Occupied as early as the Middle Bronze Age, the site is dominated by a monumental structure, known as Nestor’s palace, which is the best preserved of the existing Mycenaean palaces. Built in the Late Bronze Age (ca.1300 B.C.), the palace consists of 105 ground floor apartments. The most important compartments of the palace are the the big “throne room”, with its circular heath, a room with a clay bath tube, and stores with numerous storage jars. The walls of the palace were decorated with beautiful frescos.

 


 

1. Olympia Archaeological Site

| Time from city center: 5' walk | Distance from city center: 0,7 km |
 

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