Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

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Voyage to the gateway to Olympia

This Greek seaside town is the gateway to the ruins of Olympia, where the ancient games began in 776 BC, and continued for over 1,000 years, until they were outlawed as a pagan festival, after Rome officially adopted Christianity as the only legitimate imperial religion.

The complex is made up of temples, workshops, and the training structures that have given us the word we still use today to describe such facilities: gymnasium. The games did not recommence until 1896, but their ancient roots are acknowledged when the modern Olympic flame is lit here every four years, before beginning its long journey to the host nation.

Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium

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Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium

The largest stadium of its kind, the Olympic Stadium could seat up to 30,000 visitors. Enter through the remains of the ancient archway and view the marble starting blocks still embedded in the dirt track.

Heraion

Heraion

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Heraion

Heraion

One of the area’s best preserved sites, the Temple of Hera dates back to the 6th century BC. Special running races were traditionally held in Hera’s honor, in which only virgins from the region could participate.

Ancient Olympia & Archeological Museum

Ancient Olympia & Archeological Museum

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Ancient Olympia & Archeological Museum

Ancient Olympia & Archeological Museum

Katakolon, a charming fishing village on the Ionian Coast, is your gateway to Ancient Olympia. See the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the Shrine of Pelops, the Council House, the Palaestra, Gymnasium, and more. Step through the gate onto the floor of the original Stadium and explore the Archaeological Museum of Olympia.

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GPS: 37°38'46.71"N 21°19'1.67"E
Population: 601
Country Code: +30

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