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Katakolon, Katakolon

Sergey Dolya • 4 minutes read • November 12th, 2015
The first stop our ship made was in the small village of 

Katakolon

 near the ancient 

Olympia

. It is the birthplace of Olympic Games. By the way, we often mistakenly call them Olympiad. Actually, Olympiad is the time between Olympic Games.

The exact history of the Olympic Games has not remained till our days, but it is believed that they were held for the first time in 776 BC and lasted 1 day. The local guides were inclined to believe that the first Olympic Games were held by Achilles in memory of his friend Patroclus killed at the siege of Troy.

A little later a huge stadium appeared there. According to some reports, its slopes could accommodate up to 50,000 people:

Here, in Olympia, the Olympic Flame is lit every 4 years, and then it is brought to the next capital of the Olympic Games. This ceremony can be watched on TV:

It happens on a sunny day, and a fire is lit using the sun's energy on this stone:

Modern Olympia is a set of the columns protruding from the land and randomly scattered boulders:


Its decoration is one of the wonders of the world: 

Temple of Zeus

.

In fact, the wonder of the world is not even the temple itself, but the statue of Zeus installed inside it. Olympic Games were always held in honor of the God Zeus, that is why the majestic statue was created right here. To understand why this statue is named one of the wonders of the world, consider that 250 kilograms of gold were used to finish it. If you convert it into modern money, the statue cost the Greeks more than $10 million. 

Unfortunately, at first, the temple was destroyed by the Emperor Theodosius who considered the Olympics to be a pagan cult. Then it was finished off by two strong earthquakes. Now the Temple of Zeus looks bad. In these stones you can see the fallen down columns:

After visiting Olympia, we had lunch in a coastal cafe to the sounds of Sirtaki. By the way, a funny thing happened in this cafe. We ordered tea for lunch and they brought us Nestea Ice Tea. We explained that we wanted hot tea. These geniuses warmed up a bottle in the microwave and then brought it to us in cups:

The beach was covered with unpleasant algae:

During the stop our ship was tied to the bollards by thick ropes:
Author: Sergeydolya
Source: sergeydolya.livejournal.com

Translated by: Gian Luka

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