Fires in Olympia
The area is hilly and mountainous; most of the area within Olympia is forested.
In the end of August 2007 Forest fires raging across southern Greece were threatening the ancient ruins of Olympia.
High temperatures and strong winds were attributed to the spread of more than 220 blazes across the country since August 24, 2007. Record temperature as high as 46 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit) temperature and wind helped in spreading the fire.
A fire burns inside the archaeological stadium of ancient Olympia in August 26, 2007. Firefighters battled to save ancient Olympia as the worst forest fires in decades ravaged hills around the historic site.
A total of 9,000 firefighters and 500 soldiers were trying to contain the fire. Over 1,800 fire engines, planes and helicopters have also been deployed to the affected areas.
Don't touch ANYTHING or wander off and start climbing something you shouldn't.
1st of all, this stuff is ancient and is there for you to look at only.
2nd of all, the guards walking through the site will be on you like white on rice, yelling and screaming until you back away from the precious item you just touched. After that, they will watch you like a hawk.
- Historical Travel
When walking through the ancient site of Olympia, especially in the summer, it can get extremely hot. You will do lots of walking - it is not a small site. There is barely any shade, and it is necessary to bring plenty of water with you.
The Archaeological Museum at Olympia
One of the most important archaeological museums in Greece. It hosts in its collection artefacts from the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, in Olympia, where the ancient Olympic Games were born and hosted.
The new museum was constructed in 1975, and eventually opened in 1982, re-exhibiting its treasures. The architect of the museum was Patrocolos Karadinos.
The Archaeological Museum of Olympia will be closed from Monday 25 November 2002 until Easter 2004 before the Olympic games due to renovation works.
I don't have to tell you that I was quit upset about this!!!
The Museum is now reopened! 20/05/04