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“Beautiful valley with historical importance!”

Battlefield of Thermopylae
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“Beautiful valley with historical importance!”
Reviewed 28 March 2012

The statue of Leonidas gives one goose bumps.At his feet,on the wall, the historical Laconic phrase "molon lave" means " come and take them".
Across the street the Hill of Kolonos, where he is buried with his 300 Spartans, has a metallic plate That reminds all visitors"The Spartans are laid here faithful to their principals"
Nearby ,at the foot of the mountain ,hot sulfuric water is gushing out of the rocks for thousands of years.The name Thermopylae ( hot gate) comes from this spring!!

Visited December 2011
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“One of the Most Famous Last Stands in History”
Reviewed 20 October 2011

Most history buffs know the story of the Battle of Thermopylae where the confederation of Greek city states faced Xerxes and his great Persian army in a three day battle in late August or early September 480 BC.

Fearing complete annihilation, the bulk of the Greek army of 7000 was dismissed and Leonidas and 300 of his Spartan soldiers along with 700 Thespians agreed to hold the pass though greatly outnumbered. The small group of soldiers held the pass for seven days. The Persian army doubled back and attacked from the rear and nearly all were killed. This site revealed thousands of Persian arrowheads during 1939 excavations as well as a mass grave that many believe contains the Spartan 300.

Today, the site of the burial on Kolonos Hill lies just across the highway from the monument installed by King Paul in 1955. The dusty road up the hill is quiet and peaceful and belies the turmoil of the battle so long ago. A simple bronze tablet marks the grave. The hot sulphur springs still lie a couple of hundred yards from the site and are the reason the place is called Thermopylae.

The monument itself is a long and geometric white marble shelf mounted with white marble statues of reclining nudes on each side and an impressive bronze statue of Leonidas above. The headless winged figure to the left represents the anonymous soldiers who fell here.

I enjoyed my visit here, though I could tell that others in my group who don't have great interest in history didn't much care. There are no rest rooms, no gift shop, nothing to do if you prefer a little more action. The action here happened in 480 BC. If historical sites are for you, don't miss Thermopylae. It commemorates one of the most famous last stands in history.

Visited September 2011
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“For Spartan fans and those with imagination”
Reviewed 2 September 2011

It is the battlefield where the famous battle happened. There isn't much there except for some statues and monuments. You can get an idea of the terrain and it can be fun re-enacting the event. It was a nice stop off a drive, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get there.

Visited August 2011
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“Thermopylae battlefield, August 2009”
Reviewed 25 August 2009

Were passing by so thought we'd see the Leonides monument dedicated to the 300 Spartans, the monument dedicated to the 700 Thespians who fought alongside the Spartans and Kolonos Hill where the Spartans are said to be buried. The three monuments are all in the same place right beside the OLD highway. This means that if you're actually on the new E75 (also known as highway 1) you will need to take the Thermopylae exit to get on the old road. Once off the highway just follow the signs to Thermopylae.

With regardds to the monuments themselves, you'll probably first come along a small brown sign next to a petrol station that points the way to the battlefield. This actually leads to the Thermopylae hot sulpher springs where you'll find other travellers, like you, perplexed at not being at the monument but happy at the opportunity to take a quick dip in the spring! Since we visited in summer, it was oppressively hot but entrance into the springs was unregulated (i.e. free!).

In any case, if you head back out towards the old road and take a right you'll see the monuments in a matter of seconds. (The actual battle took place in the area bwtween the sulpher springs and the site of the monuments.)

Kolonos hill, where the 300 Spartans are said to be buried in a mass grave is directly across the road from the Leonides and Thespian monuments.

In front of the Leonides and Thespian monuments there's a drinking fountain under a fig tree which, when we were there, was full of delicious figs!

Hope this helps anyone passing the area and interested in the site,

CP

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