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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Day 26: Olympia

5/15/13

Today we started our day at 8 am with a 4-hour bus ride to Olympia, where we visited the sanctuary of Zeus and the site of the original Olympic Games, which started in 776 B.C. The Museum at Olympia houses some of the most well-known sculptures of the sanctuary.

The Beach Stop in Kalo Nero


Griffin heads




Gold and Ivory Statue of Zeus


Great Gymnasium


Palaestra


Workshop of Pheidias


 Temple of Zeus


Group photo in front of the Gateway to the Stadium


Stadium


Enjoying the sun


Treasuries
Temple of Hera
Prytaneion, where the Olympic Flame was kept burning


Horse carriage ride back to the bus, we are the lucky ones!

Lunch was at a nearby village, whose specialty was local-raised chickens.


Arriving at the hotel, we all enjoyed ourselves at the pool.



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