A cultural historic trail with auto-completed narrations in situ around the World Heritage Site of Olympia leads visitors via 11 outdoor display panels and a thirty-two pages booklet introduces visitors to monuments of the antiquity are directly or indirectly connected to the Ancient Olympia, the Olympic Games ant their history (as the cultural routes and ceremonies, host cities to the Ancient Olympic Games, cities of Olympic champions and events, historic incidents etc.). These places, the monuments and the events, characterize the area’s identity, its aims and its perspectives. The archaeological sites and the cultural monuments are inextricable bound up with two important parameters: - The area’s environment, which remains unchangeable to a large extend and constitutes its main source of development. – The products of the “Olympic land”, which due to the ideal conditions and the traditional, to a large extend, techniques maintain their quality and can support the area’s reconstitution through the proper technological and structural modernization. At the same time, the area’s history, the myths, the manners and customs of its citizens, the participation of the area to the Ancient Olympic Games, should bound up harmonically with the area’s natural beauty and the hospitality of its citizens. Therefore, it is intended the linkage of the cultural monuments, the archaeological sites, the Byzantine and latter monuments, the areas of significant natural beauty and the biotopes of the intervention area, which are directly or indirectly connected, with mythological, historical, human elements etc., to Ancient Olympia and the Olympic Games in a united cultural-ecological network named “Cultural-Ecological Network of Olympia” or Olympic Cultural-Ecological Network.

  • Contracting Authority: C.I.P LEADER+ 2000-2006/ MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE / 383/4-5-2007/  
  • Duration: 2006-2008 
  • Budget: 780.000,00 €,  
  • Lead Partner: LAG SÜDSCHWARZWALD  
  • Project Designer: Dorothea Papathanasiou-Zuhrt 
  • Accessible at: Myths of the Olympic Earth 
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