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This small monument commemorates the battle in 480 B.C. in which a small band of about Spartan soldiers held off a huge Persian army for three days. The delay was long enough to allow for the successful defense of Athens against the Persians.
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Lamia, Thermopylae 350 09, Greece
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This monument in Thermopylae was erected in 1955 in honour of King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans in the Battle of Thermopylae against the Persians in 480 BC. This battle was depicted in the movie “300”. There is an inscription under the statue, "ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ"...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bill C
Reviewed October 13, 2018

It's a contemporary statue marking an ancient victory. It's interesting to imagine the sea formerly coming to this point (this at one time was the coast and is now quite far from it), but I don't see any reason to do anything but drive by....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank flaneur40
Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

Seeing the Leonidas monument was also another one that was breathtaking. To see the depictions on the wall, read the name of the Spartans, and to read about the legends was truly an amazing experience. Must See!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LeoMano17
Reviewed August 7, 2018

If you have seen the movie "the 300", well it just happened on this spot ! Unfortunately, there is nothing left too admire; even the sea has retreated several km's back over the last 2500 years. The modern Leonidas monument is besides a busy road....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 2, 2018 via mobile

About two hours from Athens.When you arrive check the place..the mount kallidromo ,the kolonos hill..the ancient years the sea level was next to the road close to the mountain.The real history is different from the movie!! Check the site of Leonidas ...good. Then go to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Dimitrios L
Reviewed July 3, 2018

I was there a few times while I was taying in Kamena Vourla and went to Lamia. Clean place, nice monument. Always start to think about the great war there. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Inspire686511
Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

We passed on our way to Meteora,it is very close to the road ,so it was a short detour, and the photos are worth the detour

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Alejandra R
Reviewed June 18, 2018

A place so importante that we could say: the event that took place there shaped the history of the Western World. The place itself has only a not very imponent monument and a few maps with informations about what happened there. No structure (like toilets...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Ghust-MG
Reviewed April 26, 2018 via mobile

The battlefield is here all around, and it is a must to find the stand with the historical map of the area. There is not a big crowd of other tourists, I think, so it is easy to study the site.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank HarriHirvela
Reviewed March 26, 2018

This monument contains the famous speech given by Leonidis and is a fitting tribute to the battle site. A moving scene.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank George H
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