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Reviewed 3 days ago

This place is so old that even the original stones have been eroded. Though one can still see or imaging how it was like during the ancient games. It helps to have a tour guide explaining things, since there is not description on site otherwise.

Thank Waverunner2012
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here with my wife while stopping in Katakalon. We decided to use the train to get here instead of the many offers of coaches and private transfers. ..it was comfortable and air conditioned and recommended. The museum in Olympia was incredible, some of the artifacts on display are incredible and show how advanced they were. The Olympic arena and ancient city are memorable too and it's a given to jog around the Olympic arena ala athletes of old... well worth seeing.

1  Thank Dapper11
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Archaeological site is conveniently close to the main entrance and the Museum of the Olympic Games. We found the history of the Olympic Games fascinating and would suggest visitors spend at least 2 - 3 hours touring and experiencing this site.

Thank Geogou
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A joint ticket to the three attractions was €12. We were on a cruise tour which came with a guide. You really need to have a guide or good reference material to really understand what the various remnants were and their purpose. Also it helps to understand what happened to the facility. It was surprising that the place was used for decades and then history intervened. The best or most interesting area was the wall of shame where those bribing or otherwise cheating in order to win had their statues erected to shame them basically well after life ended. Given the age, it was fascinating to imagine that such a place was built and the amount of artifacts available at the museums.

Thank jim t
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great to be amongst the ruins of such a famous historical site. At first I thought the price of the ticket was a bit high at €12, but we managed to visit the site of the ancient Olympics, and the two museums and honestly they are all excellent. You learn so much if you read the boards in the museums, especially the history of the Olympics one.

Thank boucledor5
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this site October 9, 2018 again. Each time that I visit I find it a fascinating place to spend some time. This sprawling site has much to offer the visitor. With more than 1,000 years as the heart of the ancient games that began with the Classical Greeks and extended well beyond the time of Christ, this site embodies the essence of sophistication of the Greek and the Roman cultures that did so much to influence our modern world. The collection of structures, from the stadium, the temples, the gymnasium, and all of the other structures that formed the core of this always serve to draw one into an appreciation of what was accomplished then. This site is not dramatic and bold like Delphi but is tranquil and calm. As one walks along the ancient paths once so vibrantly alive it is easy to be drawn into a contemplation of life lived in different era when one culture could meld into the next in a seamless tapestry of respect and honor for the essence of athletic achievement. I highly recommend that one set aside several hours for a visit to the archeological site and the two museums that enhance an appreciation of the sophistication of those ancient cultures.

Thank greeklwy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I hired 3D goggles for €20 each to walk around the ancient Olympia site and it was transformative. We stool in front of several amazing ruins wondering what these could be. Placed the goggles to our eyes and suddenly the Temple of Zeus was miraculously before us. We were able to step inside and see the magnificent statue of Zeus, and climb to the highest vantage points.

We also got to see ancient wrestlers and athletes working out in the palaestra and the gymnastirium .

This was an amazing experience which made the ancient Olympian site light up for us. We shared our goggles with a family from France in front of the philippeion and literally saw the young bored children get super excited in French.

My wife and I genuinely found the experience amazing.

Thank Spiro T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wasn’t sue what to expect, I like sports but have never been a huge fan of the Olympics That has changed. When you hear the full story, from the beginning, and see it. You will believe. GO!!!

1  Thank Marion M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The site is big so plan at least 2 hours to do a full tour. Many interesting ruins to examine but we liked the stadium the most. Recommended.

Thank Malcolm G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we went to the mainland by ferry from Zakynthos then by coach to Olympia. There was a fair bit of walking over rugged pathways, not overly recommended for people with walking difficulties. The Guide (Nikki) was very knowledgeable and put it over well. An interesting place with a lot of history well presented

Thank Deege594
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