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Olympia by Rick Steves

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A visit to Olympia by Rick Steves

Rick Steves: Olympia is most famous as the site of the original Olympic Games. It offers one of your best opportunities for a hands-on antiquity experience. Line up at the original starting line in the 2,500-year-old Olympic Stadium. Visit the Temple of Zeus. The former site of a gigantic statue of Zeus. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Ponder the temple’s once-majestic columns — toppled like towers of checkers by an earthquake — which are as evocative as anything from ancient times. Take a close look at the Archaeological Museum’s gold-medal-quality statues and artifacts. And don’t forget to step back and enjoy the setting itself. Despite the crowds. Olympia remains a magical place, with ruins nestled among lush, shady groves of pine trees.

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