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Battlefield of Thermopylae

Thermopylae, Greece
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
4.0 of 5 stars 57 Reviews
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
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Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
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Reading, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Orebro, Sweden
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181 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
52 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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Cahokia, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

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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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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455 reviews 455 reviews
401 attraction reviews
257 helpful votes 257 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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