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Battlefield of Thermopylae

Thermopylae, Greece
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Historic Sites
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Cahokia, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I have seen the Hollywood treatment as well as the History Channel presentations concerning the battle. I was happy to finally get here

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Wroclaw
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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Spend 5 minutes at the monument pondering bravery of Spartians, who changed the history. But today's scenery does not correspond with the real battlefield form 480 BC

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Belgrade, Serbia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This site is of great historical value, the monument is big and nice to see. BUT....to get there you will need a lot of effort. No signs on the road, far away from the sea, from any bigger city and it is on the completely empty field. No shops, restaurants, toilet....nothing, just the monument and sun. It is a big... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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433 reviews 433 reviews
386 attraction reviews
238 helpful votes 238 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

If you imagine that you will find something similar to what you saw in the "300" movie,well,you're wrong...In fact,all you can see nowadays is a not very impressive monument,situated in the middle of an ample field,far to the sea and any mountains. A bronze statue,two stone sculptures and that's all.

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Boxford, MA
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65 reviews 65 reviews
29 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Thermopylae is the site where a much smaller group of Greek troops, led by the Spartans, were able to hold back a much larger army of Persians at what used to be a mountain pass leading to Athens. The battle itself is famous for its retelling in movies (e.g., the movie “300”), history books, and many documentaries (including an excellent... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

it really gives you goosebumps as you walk thru the forest and you almost hear the noise of battle. Don't get scared about the smell, looks like the water is good for a lot of things ;)

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Vienna, Virginia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
70 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

You need to go out of your way to find this place, and even then it's not that easy to find. It looks like another nondescript field; you have to use your imagination to picture an iconic battle taking place here. There's a statue of Leonidas on site and a few placards describing the history behind the site. Otherwise, it... More

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Stamford, CT
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

For years I have wanted tovisit this most famous battlefield. Although I knew that the water had receded a great distance, I was still very surprised at how plain the area looks today. almost 3 thousand years ago the ground level was approx 45 meters lower, and the edge of the water was right there. Today, the land is flat,... More

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Rio
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Thermopylae (hot gates) is 15 km from the city of Lamia, on a deviation from the highway from Athens to Thessalonic. At the site there is a statue of Leonidas, and a beheaded naked torso with a broken wing representing the 700 thienspians who fell dead. Across the road there is the site where Leonidas and the 300 spartans fell... More

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Dallas, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

In spite of the water/gulf not being AT the battle site, there is a lot to recommend here. First the nearby town of Lamia has paid some serious money to open a Visitor's Center next to the monument. It has film plus interactive historical displays. The docent is knowlegible, and the little gift shop is good.The true student of this... More

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