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Nemea is an ancient site near the head of the valley of the River Elissos in the northeastern part of the Peloponnese. Today it is part of the prefecture of Corinthia. The small village of Ancient Nemea is immediately southwest of the archaeological site, while the new town of Nemea lies to the west.

Nemea was famous in Greek myth as the home of the Nemean Lion, which was killed by the hero Heracles, and as the place where the infant Opheltes, lying on a bed of parsley, was killed by a serpent while his nurse fetched water for the Seven on their way from Argos to Thebes. The Seven founded the Nemean Games in his memory, and the crown of victory was hence made of parsley and the judges wore black robes as a sign of mourning. The Nemean Games were held from 573 BC, or earlier, at the sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea. Three columns of the temple of the 4th century BC have stood since their construction and two more were reconstructed in 2002. As of late 2007, four more are being re-erected. The site around the temple has been excavated, including the great altar, bath, and hotel. The temple stands on the site of an Archaic period temple, of which only a foundation wall is still visible. 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.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF NEMEA

The museum contains a collection of pictures of Nemea by travellers of the 18th and 20th centuries, coins of ancient visitors to Nemea, items related to the athletic activity on the site, prehistoric finds (pottery, tools, weapons etc.) from sites in the district of Nemea, pottery and jewellery from the Mycenaean cemetery at Aidonia and the settlement of Aghia Eirene, architectural parts from monuments at Nemea and other sites, and a collection of inscriptions from Nemea, Phlius and Petri.

WINE REGION

Located in the Peloponnese next to Nemea, appx. 30 kilmeters from Korinth, the region was first noted for its winemaking by Homer who called it "Ameloessa" meaning "full of vines." Today, the appellation of Nemea is the most important red wine AOC of southern Greece and arguably of all of Greece. In Nemea, the indigenous Greek Agiorgitiko grape is used and produces wines famous for their deep red color, complex aroma and long, velvety palate.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Telephone: +30 27460 22739
Ticket: Full: €4, Reduced: €2
Open: from the 1st of November until the 31 of March: 8:30-15:00. Every Wednesday in the summer period the museum is open until 23:00

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Stadium of Nemea