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Address: Thermopylae, Greece

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The monument to the fallen at Thermopylae stands on its own. No other attractions nearby and really nothing to signal the significance of the site other than the monument. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I had never understood this 3 day battle. Visiting the battle ground was an enlightening experience. I now know how Leonidus held off the Persians for 3 days and probably could have lasted for a fourth if it weren't for the traitor. I highly recommend a visit here for history buffs.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The monument to the fallen at Thermopylae stands on its own. No other attractions nearby and really nothing to signal the significance of the site other than the monument. The pass they defended is a fair bit from the sea now. The actual site of the last stand was pointed out to us by our tour director. I would have... More 

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Central Greece, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A great monument that was erected in 1955. Under the bronze statue of Leonidas we can read "ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ" ("Come and Take"),which the Spartans said when the Persians asked them to put down their weapons at the start of the battle of Thermopylae. Definitely a worth seing attraction.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Definitely wanted to see this site so booked a trip via Michael's Taxi out of Athens. The site is fairly nondescript, next to the freeway and now has a cultural museum, which is definitely worth the visit. It has 3D re-creations of the battles waged there and of course a very large memorial to Leonidas and the 300, as well... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Historic place and very easy to find while driving the highway from Athens towards Lamia. On one side of the street is the statue of Leonidas and a bit further is the area were the battle was held. All in all a nice place to visit.

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Katerini, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

If you are passing from this area, it worths to have a short visit of the monument. The energy of this place, the words which are written, the history and the statue of Leonidas, are something that you have to feel, read, smell and imagine!!!!

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Reading, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The statue of King Leonidas and the museum next to it could've been so much better. I imagined the statue to be like the Angel of the North near Newcastle, England, however on arrival at the site, the statue is just 4 meters in height, its back is facing the motorway No.1 so it cannot be seen by passing motorists... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The monument on the top of Kolonos hill with an inscription of poet Simonides is the place where I put flowers. Do not miss it, most people stop and notice only the modern Monuments to Leonidas and the Spartans and the one to the Thespians on the right side of the road. Kolonos hill lies directly opposite, on the left... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

For such an important site it was underwhelming. Very ordinary looking concrete monument that is sitting next to the freeway. In an artistic sense, the monument looks cheap and unconvincing and lacks any feeling behind it. It is a very small tribute to such an important event that has influenced people throughout the ages. I have seen far greater monuments... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Thermopylae is a 2-1/2 hour drive out of Athens. If you find yourself out this way, I recommend you: a. visit the excellent Thermopylae Museum. Their 3-D movie depiction of the battle and interactive displays bring the history of the battle to life; b. see the Memorial to the Spartans; c. see the Memorial to the Thespians; and d. walk... More 

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