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Hermes by Praxiteles

Katakolon, Olympia 27065, Grecia, Olympia 27065, Greece
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Ranked #5 of 18 Attractions in Olympia
Type: Monuments/ Statues
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Athens, Greece
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101 reviews 101 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

One must see it to believe it!! The details and anatomical perfection are just amazing! It's certainly the masterpiece of the museum which has of course a lot more very interesting exhibits.

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I mean it. you have to get there to see what I'm talking about. i didn;t know they keep it there - at the Museum of the Anicent Olympia -, so to say that I was surprised when I bumped into it ( sort of) doesn't even begin to describe my reaction. The museum has so much more to see,... More

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This ruin is stunning! Great for pictures and great for getting a small sense of how wonderful ancient Olympia must have been.

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Absolutely Beautiful piece. Hard to imagine how was it done so many years ago. Worth to take a look!

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Chesterland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Hermes holding the Infant Dionysos is one of the great works of art ever. Hermes is polished marble on the front and rough cut on the back. Created by Praxiteles nearly 1900 years before Michelangelo's David it is striking the ability he had in forming this sculpture. Just this piece alone is worth the price of Admission to the Museum.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I wonder why the main photo for this post doesn't represent the statue at all but some tholos instead?! This statue is very well displayed and lit and it is interesting to look at Hermes' face while turning around the statue to discover many different expressions.

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Quite a good looking statue but in my opinion there are better statues in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The statue is well displayed as are all other items in this museum and especially the two pediments with one depicting the battle between the Lapiths and the centaurs in the main hall from the temple of Zeus.

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Valley Forge, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

One of the reasons I wanted to visit Olympia was to see the Hermes by Praxiteles. Most of his sculpture is known only from Roman copies, so this a monumental work and important in future Greek and Roman sculpture.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This is a well organized and well lit museum. The Hermes by Praxiteles is one of the main highlights, but there is a lot to see.

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Just occasionally you come face to face with a piece of art that you just stand in front of and are truly amazed; this is one of them, up there with Michelangelo's David. Truly beautiful, intricate, amazing from every angle. You are just left wondering how Praxiteles, with the tools that he had available, created such an object of beauty.

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