Where: Prefecture of Elia in southern Peloponnese 320 km (200 miles) south of Athens
Why: One of the sacred ancient centers of religious worship, Olympia, built in honor of Zeus was chosen as the birthplace of the Olympic Games. In times of peace and war, the Greeks would compete for a crown wreath made of olive leaves. The Olympic Museum housing such ancient sports artifacts including bronze athletes' discuses; bronze strigils used by athletes to scrape the oil and dust off their bodies; and halters, stone or lead weights held by jumpers for greater momentum.
How to get there: By car, bus or train
By bus: Bus station servicing the Peloponnese: +302105134110
By train: For train schedules: +302105297777, quick dial from Athens: 1110, 1440; www.ose.gr
Approximate travel time from Athens: 4.5 hours by car
Don't miss: The ancient stadium, the ancient gymnasium, the Temple of Zeus, considered one of the finest examples of Doric architecture.
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