Leonidas Monument
Leonidas Monument
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This small monument commemorates the battle in 480 B.C. in which a small band of about Spartan soldiers held off a huge Persian army for three days. The delay was long enough to allow for the successful defense of Athens against the Persians.
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Sofia
14 contributions
May 2023
A lovely statue, beside a main road, flanked by electricity pylons, and marshy land.
It had absolutely nothing going for it. I felt as if I were on the edge of a worn-out industrial estate with piles of earth bull dozed here and there, derelict buildings down the road (at the hot springs) and no real effort made to explain or make something of a very famous historical event (the battle).

The road pretty much runs along where the coast used to be, putting the events of the battle much closer to the hillsides, which makes more sense of the whole thing. Can you find that information on the solitary, and decaying information board? No.

I really feel that the Greek Archaeological authorities / tourism agency should be doing something much more with this area. It's pretty awful, and I wouldn't be going back were I given the choice. I haven't uploaded a photo as it's no better or worse than the dozens already on here.
Written July 2, 2023
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Rik001
Dudley, UK56 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
After reading books and of course seeeing films of the Battle Of Thermopylae it seemed only approporiate to stop by on the way from Athens. Luckily the monument is right next to the A1 Aegean Motorway and the ideal place for an extended stop over. Initially I was disappointed in what I saw, I expected there to be far more on display BUT, going and taking a closer look not just at the Leonidas statue but, the monument to the Thespians as well and to then stand and picture the scene, take a look around, you can see where the "hot gates" were, although the sea has receeded a few km's where the car park is I estimate is pretty much where the battle may well have taken place itself. For sure a place to visit and appreciate what occurred there so many years ago it is a nice if small tribute to those gave so much. For sure some funding to improve it would not go amiss but it is definately an important site to visit if not to be able to say you have been there.
Written January 22, 2014
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peter n
Melbourne, Australia9 contributions
Nov 2011 • Couples
In Thermopyle was one of the most epic battles in history between Greeks and Persians,King Leonidas with his 300 soldiers stopped for 3 days the biggest army in those times.The spartans fought bravely till the last man standing and scared for sure the Persians.Visitor can see there the statue of Leonidas,maps with historical informations how this battle took place,for sure is a must for those who passes by.
Written December 30, 2011
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Robert H Owens
Laguna Beach22 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
In May 2017 was the first ever "The 300 of Sparta March/ Race" from Sparta to Thermopile. It is a 370 km 8 day Endurance Event put on by Arcadian Trails Adventures in Athens to celebrate what King Leonidas accomplished with his 300 Spartans in 450 BC.

It is believed that this is the first known attempt to follow all 370 km of King Leonidas Trek from
Sparta to Thermopile since 450 BC. There were 19 of us.

We accomplished it in 8 days because
History says that's how long it took Leonidas and his 300 Spartans.

There is a statue of King Leonidas in Sparta where the March and Race commenced and we finished at the King Leonidas Monument in Thermopile.
It is also located at "The Hot Gates" where the 300 died. You can read about it in the book "The Hot Gates".

There is also a large Museum there with a
Resturant that tells the historic story of King Leonidas fighting the Persians.

I believe it is well worth seeing and understanding. It is of huge significance in Greek History.

If King Leonidas hadn't done what he and his men did in their suicidal stand, Greeks today would probably be speaking Farsi....

1980Ironman
Written May 17, 2017
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Jake23
New Jersey6,523 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
A nice monument for a great King. Without Leonidas who knows how the Persian invasion of Greece would have ended. Check out the visitor center to watch a movie as well.
Written July 1, 2016
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Doron V
Tel Aviv, Israel3 contributions
Sep 2013 • Family
just 200 meter from the famous monument.
for some reason not many people who stop at the monument go there, while it is very close
the center includes an explanatio about the fight, a 3-D film and some interactive explantion on large touch screens.
only 3 euro per adult and you get private explanation as almost no one visits there... (at least on september)
Written September 5, 2013
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia6,463 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
For most tourists (certainly for bus-trippers), this monument will only be a quick stop and a group photo. For me this spot was an important tick off my bucket list ; I have been reading for years about this important period in Hellenistic and European history. It does take a little imagination to picture the battlefield as it was 2,500 years ago, because the sea has retreated a couple of kilometers ; it is easier to visualize it if you cross the busy motorway and climb up the mountain flank to where the plaque "go tell the Spartans" is.
The monument is only a symbolic effort to memorize this symbol of ultimate courage, sacrifice and patriotism ; I'm sure the statue is more based on the movie "300" than on the King of the Spartans. But I find that rather irrelevant. The monument is there to make you stop and think - that works for me.
PS Off to the side of the larger statue of Leonidas at Thermopylae, there is a monument to the 700 Thespians who died alongside the Spartans ; go and salute them too . . .
Written July 15, 2019
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aleksandra s
Belgrade, Serbia480 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
I am history fan, but even if you are not one I think that you should see this monument and museum and show respect to those who fought for democracy / freedom / progressive society. The monument itself is impressive even though when I was visiting I saw "person" not educated human being who stepped over the monument, put his hat over it etc...hard to understand what is in those heads.
Museum should be visited.
Written August 22, 2016
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1TraveltheWorld
Alice Springs, Australia12,382 contributions
Oct 2015 • Friends
The Leonidas Monument is located at a roadside stop, near the thermal spring waters in Thermopylae.

Leonidas was the Greek Spartan king, who famously led a small band of soldiers against the Persians, at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC.

Most people will recognise this story made famous, by the Epic movie, 300.

A fairly quick visit to view the monuments, read the plaques and the information board, of this historical battle.
Written April 26, 2016
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knoesenm
Cape Town Central, South Africa690 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
Leonidas was made famous in the Hollywood movie "300" and I think he probably was a very honorable soldier and ruler. The monument honors him and the fallen soldiers. Interestingly, the war at Sparta wasn't fought by only 300 men, but by 300 x 3 men. Each soldier had a slave and a helper with him. So there were in fact 1200 men who fought this battle of 480 B.C. When facing the monument, to the left is a smaller monument that was dedicated to the 900 slaves and helpers who also fell during this battle. The Leonidas monument is impressive, clean and the statues have been created with exceptional details.
Written November 10, 2014
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