Private tour in Nemea -Zeus Temple / Stadium. Nemea games & Wineries Tour... Greece Private tours in Nemea / Peloponnese... Wine roads tour... Visit taste the wines of Agiorgitiko , Malavouzia, Moschofilero...Here in Greek mythology Heracles overcame the Nemean Lion of the Lady Hera, and here during Antiquity the Nemean Games were played, in three sequence, ending about 235 BCE, celebrated in the eleven Nemean odes of Pindar.
We visit Nemea- Zeus Temple - Stadium, as travelers, not as tourists
NEMEA GAMES & WINERIES
Ancient Nemea (41 km. from Corinth) is close to the limits of the state of Argolida. This municipality is surrounded by an abundance of grapevines, which have given Nemea fame for the good wine they produce. Even in ancient times Nemea was renowned as being the place in Greek Mythology where Hercules killed the fearful lion. In the ancient site of Nemea the most notable building is the temple of Zeus ( 4thC BC), The archaeological digs (which are still going on ) have brought to light baths and arenas, a stadium and foundations of other buildings. The temple of Zeus, erected in 330 BC at the center of the sanctuary, is one of the earliest ancient buildings in which all three architectural orders were applied: the outer colonnade is Doric, while the inner has Corinthian and Ionic columns in two levels. The underground crypt at the back of the cella is unique in Greek architecture.
We visit all the sites as travelers and try to avoid the large buses tourist groups' usual hours. Our website photos are a testament to this...
Pausanias visited Nemea in the late 2nd century AD. In his time the temple, which he noted was "worth seeing", stood in a grove of cypresses, its roof had fallen in and there was no cult image within the temple. Three limestone columns of the Temple of Nemean Zeus of about 330 BC have stood since their construction, and two more were reconstructed in 2002. As of late 2007, four more are being re-erected. Three orders of architecture were employed at this temple, which stands at the end of the Classic period and presages this and other developments of Hellenistic architecture, such as the slenderness (a height of 6.34 column diameters) of the Doric columns of the exterior. The site around the temple has been excavated in annual campaigns since 1973: the great open-air altar, baths, and ancient accommodations for visitors have been unearthed. The temple stands on the site of an Archaic period temple, of which only a foundation wall is still visible. The Altar of Zeus. to the east of the temple, is a very long structure, possibly to enable the athletes to make sacrifices and swear their oath as a group.
Around the temple is an open area with a a sacred grove cypresses, on the south side were the oikoi, which were club houses built by various city- states at the end of the 5thc BC.
The buildings on the south side of the sanctuary include the hostel and bathhouse (Photo >).
The Nemea Games were established as a Pan-Hellenic festival in 573 BC. They were held every two years at Nemea, which lies in the low eastern hills of the Arcadian mountains. The games were under the control of Kleonai and from the end of the 5th c. BC onwards of Argos. According to the earliest myth, the foundation of the Nemea games goes back to the funeral games organized by the Seven Against Thebes in honour of the dead Opheltes. According to a later version, they were founded by Hercules to show his gratitude to the gods for helping him to kill the Nemea Lion.
The stadion has recently been discovered. It is notable for its well-preserved vaulted entrance tunnel, dated to about 320 BC, with ancient graffiti on the walls.
The material discovered in the excavations is on display in an on-site museum constructed as a part of the University of California's excavations.
Nemea Stadium Entrance / Greece Private Tours
At the land of Corinth dominates the magnificent town of Nemea with view the wine producing Fliashium field of the past. It is the center of homonym zone Wines of Quality Produced in Determined Regions (V.Q.P.D.R),where is growing with success the famous variety "Agiorgiorgitiko" Her history is very old, the findings which have came to the light are showing us that the area is inhabited from prehistoric ages. As the place of the first feat of Hercules: the killing of the lion which was infested the area, Nemea is a majestic part of ancient mythology of Greece. According to the Fliashium tradition, on the lower heel in the valley of modern Nemea, close to the sources of Asopos, the king Aras has builded a town for his citizens, a place blessed, with a river to water the fertile valley, which named Fliasia, because here was king, according to the myth, Flias, the son of god Dionysos. There has grown for the first time the vineyard and produced wine, the well known Fliashium wine, a majestic wine which presumed that it was at the rich meals of king Agamemnon in the Mycenaean palace. Nemea named after the homonym nymph, daughter of the river Asopos, which is flowing nowadays Fliashio and later the Nemean area. In 1838 the municipalities was making Fliudos and Nemea, in 1840 amalgamate in the municipality of Nemea with capital Ai Giorgi (modern Nemea),here is attribute to the name of the grape and the wine "Agiorgitiko" the modern Nemea which is habitable successor of the ancient Fliuda which produce the known "Fliashium wine"
NEMEA WINERIES... MYTHS & HISTORY
Discovering wine tourism… inaugurating a new era, focused on discovering this experience, which will offer the visitor a completely different aspect in his tourist wandering. Thus, it invites you to its hospitable winery, in Ancient Nemea & Ancient Kleones. Only 127km-an hour’s drive from Athens, on the way from Korithos to Nafplio and Tripoli, in the area of Nemea, lies the biggest vineyards of the Balkans, the “Bordeaux of Southeast Europe”, with vineyards of 30.000 stremmas. Few km from the imposing archaeological site of Ancient Nemea lies 12 different Wine Estates, The best way to get accustomed with the process of producing the famous wines of Nemea is to follow us on a trip through the vineyard and the vine culture, where everything begins and continues into the aging cellar of the Estates, where the French and American oak barrels are located.
The entrance to the tunnel is in the left hand corner of the locker room. It is one of the earliest true vaults in the Mediterranean (late 4th century BC). Look out for the ancient graffiti, where athletes waiting for their turn scratched their name (and sometimes added kallos, beautiful.) The stadium runs from south to north with the southern end built into the natural amphitheatre. The track was 600 feet long (this was the unit of measurement called stadion.) Round the sides was a stone channel which brought fresh water for drinking and for wetting the track surface.
The village of Nemea is around 20 miles (35km) southwest of Corinth, and the appellation that surrounds the village is geographically the largest in Greece. Around 40 wineries are located within Nemea's boundaries, and the area has seen a huge amount of investment and growth over the past few decades. Agiorgitiko is Nemea's native grape variety, and is named for the small St George's Church found within the boundaries of the appellation: agiorgitiko translates as "St George's grape".