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Everyone who has this place in their itinerary knows about Greek-Persian wars in 500-450BC. One of the important battles took place at the hills of the Thermopylae where according... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 20, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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251 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For such a critical battle in European history, the presentation is minimal, not giving it full justice. It is not helped by the fact that the sea has withdrawn quite significantly in the last 2,500 years, so it is hard to imagine how and why this battle was so critical in saving European culture.

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New York City, New York
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68 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Everyone who has this place in their itinerary knows about Greek-Persian wars in 500-450BC. One of the important battles took place at the hills of the Thermopylae where according to the legend King Leonidas with 300 Spartans obstructed the passage to thousands of Persian troops. Reality was a bit different, but the historic location is still very well known. There... More 

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Athens, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

On the way to Delphi oracle deserves some one to visit the historical place of Thermopylae . You can see there the statue of Leonidas the monument of Thespians (700) soldiers died the same day with the 300 Spartans . A very modern museum and the Tumulus .

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Mexico City
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364 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

The monument worth the short stop and a short deviation from the main highway. There is nothing special in the monument, however there is a lot of history in this place.

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Thank kartikmexico
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

The battlefield was a bit disppointing, as there was only the monument of Leonadis I there and really not much to see. OK to drop by to take 1 pic, but not worth if one particularly go there.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

You've heard about it, possibly read about it and may even have seen the film, 'The 300 Spartans, shot in 1962 with Ralph Richardson as one of the leads. So to see the actual site is interesting from a historical perspective, but sadly not overwhelming. The memorial is imposing enough and the display boards give the essential information, but the... More 

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New Lambton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

I first saw the movie "the 300 Spartans" ( forget the movie"300"- unhistoric crap!)when I was 12. Since then I studied Ancient History in high school, then taught it for 38 years. So going to this site was like a sacred pilgrimage. Ok, there is not much there- the monument to Leonidas, the plaque on the Kolonnos hill where the... More 

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Hod Hasharon, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

This site on the side of the road comprised of two monuments opposite each other. On one side you will find a memorial commemorating King Leonidas of Sparta who led a suicide mission against the Persians. It is an amazing feeling to stand where one of the bravest battle in the history of ancient Greece took place. On the other side... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

History Buff, Greek Buff, Military Buff, Movie Buff - you gotta check this place out. Be warned: there is little to nothing else at this location and facilities/amenities are sparse. This is probably a Greek equivalent to the Alamo and anyone who likes this kinda stuff should take the trek north from Athens to visit this place.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

New road to Athens left the monument aside and it is not easy to access these place, being once the place where human belief to duty won the power of a million soldiers. It was disappointing that the newly built museum nearby is open only from 8-5pm

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