The Ancient Ruins of Olympia

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Archaeologists at work close to the entrance of the site.

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Archaeologists uncovered a gymnasium 186 meters in length dating back to the 3rd & 4th Century A.D

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The many tourists at the archaeological site

The many tourists at the archaeological site

The Entrance to the Stadium for the Athletes

The Entrance to the Stadium for the Athletes

The Ancient Stadium. The judges sat on the right.

The Ancient Stadium. The judges sat on the right where the stones are.

This is the first time that I visited the archaeological site (Altis) at ancient Olympia. I have driven by the site many times to visit my mothers’ village. I even went to the museum, but I did not have the opportunity to visit the site where the gymnasiums were. This was where the athletes would train for the games.  I remember back in the summer of 2004, when Athens was hosting the Olympic games, and sitting on the grass of the ancient stadium with other spectators from around the world. We were waiting for the priestess to light the torch in the gymnasium area. It was a cloudy morning and all of a sudden the sun came out and the torch was lit. It was an experience that I will never forget.

Walking through the site I was a bit disheartening to see everything in ruins. It’s hard to imagine how the site looked like back then. Despite being in ruins the site was very beautiful and tranquil.

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