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Olympia, Day 9 [Oct. 24th, 2008|03:39 pm]

Back to the ruins! On day 9 we docked at Katakolon, which is a cluster of one and two story buildings with almost no residences. The whole place serves as solely a port for the tourists who come to see the ruins of Olympia. Centuries ago, Olympia itself was on the water, but no longer. Once home to the Temple of Zeus, which housed one of the Seven Wonders of the world, now it is a collection of mostly untouched ruins, and a museum. The archaeologists who have been in charge of the site for decades are in the ‘leave it as it lies’ camp, and have done minimal restoration, instead conducting preservation and excavation efforts to reclaim the site from the swamps. There is an excellent museum at the site with all sorts of finds.

From Olympia

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