Since my last visit in April last year there has been much work done at that ancient site of Olympia over the last 12 months and at the area near the gymnasium, the palestra, there seems to have been many columns erected using those from the storage area. All the grass has been continued to be cut which improves the look of the area of the sanctuary and the site looked excellent. We nearly had the site to ourselves as the weather was less than poor and rain looked immanent, it was good to be there quite alone!!
Elena took us around the site, altars, training areas, special fountain built by the Romans, Temple of Zeus and the actual Stadium where the games were conducted. The Olympic Games were conducted every 4 years from the 8th Century BC to the 4th Century AD when the Roman Emperor Theodosius 1 legally cancelled the games as he said they were a Pagan ritual. Following our visit we made our way to the Museum to view the artefacts that had been gathered when the site was excavated.
After the visit to the Museum lunch was taken at a restaurant close by and following lunch we left to visit a private museum which specialised in the Korean War and the Greek Army's participation. Capt Constantinos Farros served in the Greek Army during the War and has built a Memorial in his backyard as a tribute for the Greek soldiers who were lost in that campaign. Following a view of his Museum we conducted a small Service in the memory of those lost. On view outside his museum was his scout car, jeep and Bren Gun Carrier.
Constantinos told us that when the 1941 War started, his parents sent him away to Brallos for safety as they thought Athens would not be, not knowing that the Brallos Pass was to be the scene of heavy fighting in April 1941. He still remembers the battle there and as a 11 year old he was able to walk over the area where the battle had been fought and collected some bits and pieces left there. This most probably started him as a collector? After some refreshments on the patio of his beautiful home , we said our goodbyes and headed back home for tomorrow we are returning to Athens.