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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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Bucharest, Romania
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425 reviews 425 reviews
385 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
44 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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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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Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

this place was not at all what I expected. The waters now are a lot further from the mountains as they must have been at the time of the famous battle, so you need to immagine and recreate in your mind's eye the picture of what was then. Just a statue and a board explaining it is there. It's interesting... More

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Stayton, Oregon
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65 reviews 65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The site of the famous battle of Thermopylae, a site that I have wanted to see since I was a boy was a letdown. There is a rather large, but unimpressive monument along the highway in from of the site with a little info about the battle. Across the highway there is an un-paved dusty area to park next to... More

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Brasilia, DF
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31 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

If you are at Delphi makes the tour to the Thermopylae and pay a visit to that special place. You can see the place and understand how the battle happens. Go to the visitors center to know more about it.

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