Thursday, August 15, 2013

Olympia



I interrupt the photos from my current visit to northern New England to show another place visited on my recent trip from Venice to Athens.

The Olympic games began in 776 BC at a site on the western side of Peloponesse.  The Temple of Hera (above) from about 600 BC was the first permanent building.

The Phillippeion (below) was constructed to celebrate King Philip's victory at Chaeronnea in 338 BC.

22 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

I have visited Peloponesse a few times. I hope to one day take a bike ride around it. Love the Hera temple photo.

Malyss said...

Such places make me think and dream a lot.I imagine all people who were there through times, what was their life, the events they saw.. it's always very moving.

Luis Gomez said...

These are beautiful Jack.

Birdman said...

Taking a break from anything is good.

Lowell said...

Beautiful. You're just full of information today. Good stuff, too. And they built to last!

Tanya Breese said...

what an amazing trip that was!

sylvia kirkwood said...

What wonderful memories your photos brought to me this morning. My husband and I visited there when he was stationed in Europe and it was very exciting since he had just competed and won a silver medal in the 1962 Olympics Thank you for sharing these, Jack!

Sharon said...

This must have been interesting to see in person. I know how I felt walking around the coliseum in Rome.

RedPat said...

Wonderful shots, Jack! The age of these places is incredible.

Taken For Granted said...

At 2600 years old that temple looks just fine. Don't think the buildings we construct will endure like this. Interesting photos.

Dianne said...

Wonderful glimpses into history Jack ..... it's amazing those columns are still standing.

LONDONLULU said...

There's nothing like ancient ruins to make one marvel. Gorgeous light and photos. I love seeing places like this!

LOLfromPasa said...

Great shots. Such a contrast to Hartford. That is what makes traveling so much fun.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful ruins, Jack.

I've dreamed of Greece. I'd love to see it for myself.

Michelle said...

How amazing to see such history in person.

Kay said...

It must be wonderful to walk through a place like this and imagine what it would have been like in its day. Nice shots!

Randy said...

Nice shots Jack.

Bob Crowe said...

Really like the atmosphere of the back-lit shot. The one day we were in Athens, years ago, the museum workers were on strike and the Parthenon was closed.

Lynette said...

It's amazing to be able to visit places like this, isn't it, Jack? Great photos so you can easily remember the visit, too. Neat.

About the Goodwill in my post today, that building is a Donation Express, were folks leave things which are then dispersed around the metropolitan area to any number of Goodwill Super Centers, very large stores loaded with lots of stuff for shoppers of all sorts. I love looking and sometimes buying stuff. If one of those big stores was nearby, I'd buy too often, I'm afraid.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Man, you do get out and about. Then Venice and Greece, now N. England. Sounds like you're having fun.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Images such as these really spark the imagination Jack, how wonderful it would be to see this very spot when these ruins were pristine and new!

VP said...

A lot of history amid those broken columns...