** Ancient Kleones-Ancient Nemea-Prefecture
Starting point: Ancient Kleones
Distance : 8 km
Ways of crossing: On foot, by bicycle
Main sights: Temple of Hercules (2nd century b.C), the endless vineyards, local wineries guide for the procedure of making wine, wine tasting, the temple of Nemean Zeus, the ancient stadium of Nemea
Our route starts from the mythical and historical city of ancient Kleones in where the ruins of it’s acropolis are not exist .We can see only the hill on where the acropolis was built .
We will visit the temple of Hercules where Kleones worshiped Hercules as their main hero of the 5th century B.C & this is testified through their currencies.
Continue on, we walk to an asphalt provincial road , with the direction to ancient Nemea we pass through countless vineyards.We can also visit one winery for wine tasting & guided tour to know about the procedure of making wine
Once we get to the ancient Nemea we can visit the ancient stadium and the Temple of Nemean Zeus.
You will stay speechless until nowdays in front of this greatness that harmonises the ideal choice of the site and the structural integrity in their most austere forms. The ancient Nemea joined in to the circle of the Greek national Games in 573 BC. They had, great prestige, they held every two years alternately with the struggles of Olympia’s Delphi ,Isthmian, under the supervision of the ancient Kleones.
Every 4 years the local club of Nemean games revives the Nemean games from 1996.
Τhere is a ‘Neamean game’s club which organize the revival of the games. Their goal is the participation, on the sacred ancient earth of Greece, of anyone and everyone, in games that will revive the spirit of the Olympics. They have succeeded to relive the authentic ancient athletic customs in the ancient stadium of Nemea.
It’s worth many congratulations to the president of this club Mr Stefan Miller for his life dedication tο highlight this place & our homeland..
The Temple of Zeus at Nemea developed in the early 6th BC century, with the introduction of the Greek national Nemean games, in an area, where witnessed evidence of human activity, since prehistoric times.
There is something that you will never forget: passing the hidden entrance Wherever at the Nemea archeological site, you can see & hear the modern world constantly.You hear, feel, smell what the ancient athletes heard, felt & smelled in.. there; Αt either end of the stone-chill darkness, you see the same hot jab of light.
It is one tour that you will not forget..