Battlefield of Thermopylae
Battlefield of Thermopylae
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Sofia
17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I wanted to like this area, but I feel it's badly presented (and that includes the hot springs, the statue of Leonidas, and the museum/coffee shop) to such an extent that I am surprised that the Greek authorities haven't done something about it.

I have an imagination, so as far as the actual battle is concerned, we worked out who was doing what where and when, all through prior reading, and pieced it all together at the site, and that was fine, it's always good to put these things into context.

The information on site is lacking in the extreme, and whilst (gods forbid) no-one needs Disneyland levels of explanation and false presentation, a little effort on the part of the authorities here would benefit everyone. Take Culloden in Scotland for example, the presentation of that battlefield has been reworked both sensitively and well. They could do something similar here, sort of.

Underwhelming and very poorly presented. I am glad we'd done our homework, to understand what we were seeing. The whole site of Thermopyles/Thermopylae
is woeful.
Written 2 July 2023
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William S
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Following our experiences at Marathon and Platea, Thanos delivered me to the main gates of Thermopylae. There was a small tour there, and a few cars…not surprising, right? This was the sight of one of the most recognized and famous battles of all history! What was surprising was the reason most of the people were gathering there! It is called Thermopylae for a reason…the Hot Gates has its name from a naturally warm sulphuric hot spring that flows through the area, and people have been bathing in its healing waters for millenia. I will flat say that the smell is somewhat off-putting, but the water is warm, fast flowing with a waterfall, and it is amusing to see the visitors cleansing themselves and playing in the water.
After speaking with some of the tourists, we returned to the SUV and moved about 800m down the road to a lesser known entrance. THIS was the battlefield, and the corridor was exactly as I had imagined it. Thanos explained that the original water line would have been much higher and closer to the narrow landbridge I was exploring, and the winding road we took up through the mountains would have been similar to that which the Persians would have traversed. The narrow breadth of land between the steep mountainside and the winding downhill to the previous ocean on the right…a perfect bottleneck to stack the Spartan phalynx against the Persian onslaught (it is recognized that the “300 Spartans” were not alone, and that thousands of Greek warriors had participated)!
Written 7 August 2022
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Rick T
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN152 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Famous, important battlefield of antiquity. Do some research on the big Spartan suicide gesture to hold off the Persians there so you'll know why the ancients thought it mattered.
Written 22 June 2022
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Andreas E
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
A very special place. Still a lot of work to be done to explain to most people. Such as the battle field and the significance of the Phocian walls. And a better explanation of the plaque on top of the hill. Translations in all languages please.
But overall a very moving experience.
Staff at the museum were very helpful.
Written 16 June 2022
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RobertB667D
Ottawa, Canada50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
I enjoyed being able to see where the famous battle took place. The one plaque was informative to understand how what now is a broad area was then a narrow path. The museum was closed, so it no doubt would have enhanced the visit. Without that there was little to see and it wad hard to understand where the nain points were (other than the obvious hill).
Written 3 June 2022
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Demothesis
Portsmouth, UK292 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Popularised by Hollywood, this impotent site was fun to visit. Of course what we ‘know’ from the film is not the same as reality but there was still a element of profoundness. There is not much at the actual location, but if passing definitely worth a 30 min stop.
Written 22 March 2022
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA15,050 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
The battlefield is across the road from the museum and the Leonidas Monument. Not a lot to see, but there were a few informative signs.

Considering how pivotal it was in the long history of the Greek people, you would expect more.
Written 27 October 2021
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Nomad05191010303
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Business
There is a now a little interactive museum telling you all about the battles in the area, including the famous 300 Spartan battle. Cost 3 euros and is a good way to fill an hour!
Written 18 September 2021
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JPCHickey
Penclawdd, UK211 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
This is the site of one of the most important battles in Greek history reduced to a lay-by on a minor road. No signs, no care, utter indifference. There is a small visitor centre with a 10 minute video. Worth a visit if passing but I wouldn't make any effort to attend.
Written 16 August 2021
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JPCHickey
Penclawdd, UK211 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Given that this is one of the most important sites in Ancient Greece it is incredibly disappointing. First of all if you arrive by car there are almost no signs telling you where it is and we almost drove past it. There is a visitor centre with a short 10 minute video and a large stone wall with a huge statue of King Leonidas. The actual location of the pass where the Spartans defeated the Persians has long disappeared. The sea is now 9 miles away and there's nothing to see. Total visit time is 20 minutes.
Written 15 June 2020
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