Olympia Archeological Site
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Katakolon is a relatively new stop on Eastern Mediterranean cruises. Used to be, people would take long day trips from Athens by van or bus in order to visit Olympia. Recently, a decision was made to built a cruise ship terminal and turn the quiet fishing village of Katakolon into a tourist stop.
Olympia is located on the western coast of the Pelloponnes. Olympia consists of two parts actually - the city and the Olympics field above. History indicates women were not originally allowed to watch the games which is why the separation existed. I really wanted to visit Olympia since we were stopping and I am so glad we did! What an amazing trip! Some of the interesting buildings / artifacts we saw included:
The palestra is part of the gymnasium at the sanctuary.
The modern day word stadium we know is derived from the Greek word "stadion", a Greek measure of length. The stadium at Olympia is the oldest knwn stadium where the Olympic Games were held since 776 BC. Initially, the Olympic Games consisted of one single event, a sprint which lasted over 13 olympiads. Because of that, the length was more or less standardized as a measure of distance.
By classical times, there were 18 contests, including boxing, wrestling, horse races, and the pentathlon and a few other running events.