Marathon was an important city of Ancient Greece, today a city of Attica in Greece. on the east coast of Attica, Near the town of Marathon there is a burial mound in which the 192 Athenians fallen at the Battle of Marathon are said to have been buried, not far from which there is another, probably for Platanians who fought on the side of the Athenians in the battle, and a third Burial mounds from the 13th century BC From the Mycenaean period.
the place where the Marathon battle took place in 490 BC, in which the Greek army, under the command of Mt. He defeated the Persians, led by Darius I. From Marathon to Athens, according to legend, Fidipid ran and from there came the idea of modern marathon running. When the runner arrived in Athens, he said “We won!” (Νενικήκαμεν) and died of fatigue.
Today’s community was formed during the administrative reform in 2010 by the union of the larger neighboring community Nea Makri and the small rural communities Grammatiko and Varnavas with Marathon.
Access : Coordinates: 38.15, 23.95 / By plane : Athens International Airport is only 15 km away./ By bus : The Athens Center is 42 km away which can be traveled by bus that leaves near Omonia Square.
- the Battle of Marathon : the legend of the messenger Pheidippides entwines. In the most widespread version of the story, Pheidippides is said to have brought the news of victory from the battlefield to Athens, about 40 km away, and to have died of exhaustion after delivering the news on the Areopagus. This distance, however, should not have presented any difficulty to a skilled runner, and since this legend can only be found in Plutarch, who lived about 600 years after the battle, it must be considered as invention or Attic propaganda. This narrative forms the basis of the modern marathon, which was first held on the occasion of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens. Since 1982 there is the Athens Marathon, which takes place on this route and has its destination in the Athens Olympic Stadium of 1896.
- marathon running race : The Marathon Race is a race of 42,195 kilometers (26,229 miles) of official distance covered in modern Olympic sports.
The race is so named from the historical route of Athenian soldier Pheidippides who, after the battle of Marathon (490 BC), ran from the battlefield to Athens to carry the victorious news with the word “nenikamen”. The historical accuracy of this event is confirmed by Philostratus, referring to the institution of soldiers’ courier loggers, Herodotus, Plutarch, and Lucian.
- The Marathon Dam : In 1926, the American company ULEN began construction on the Marathon Dam in a valley above Marathon, in order to ensure water supply for Athens. It was completed in 1929. About 10 km² of forested land were flooded to form Lake Marathon.
- Archaeological Museum of Marathon :Vranas, Marathon 190 07, Greece, Next to third burial mound is a museum that houses archaeological finds from the Marathon area and, above all, sculptures from a villa of Herodes Atticus, who came from this area.Many of the archaeological remains of all periods found in the area are preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Marathon, which is located in the town of Vrana.
- Origin of the modern marathon : The historian Herodotus reports on the Greek hemerodromos (runner) Pheidippides, who died in 490 BC. From Athens in two days to Sparta had run to seek help in the war against the Persians (compare Spartathlon). 500 years later, Plutarch and Lucian, referring to Heraclides Pontikos, formulated the legend that after the victory of the Athenians in the Battle of Marathon a runner made his way to Athens, where he embarked upon his message νενικήκαμεν (almost 40 kilometers). translated : nenikekamen ) “We have triumphed” had collapsed dead.
- The Soros, a tumulus – Tumulus of the Athenians (Greek Τύμβος, tymbos, tomb), or burial mound, erected to the 192 Athenian fallen at the Battle of Marathon, is a feature of the coastal plain, now marked by a marble memorial stele and surrounded by a small park.
- Marathon Run Museum : Marathonos Ave. & 25th of March str, Marathon 190 07, Greece ,Open : 9:00 am – 3:00 pm , Over than 4000 exhibits that record the history of Marathon race from 1896 until today. A unique historical sporting collection which could not be found elsewhere than in the birthplace of Marathon road race.
- Schinias beach : Golden beach with shallow sea and sheltered by a promontory, shaded by a beautiful modified pine forest. / Marathon Beach / Sanctuary of the Egyptian Gods / Ramnous Archaeological Site , Kato Souli | Marathon, Grammatiko, Marathon 999-20 /
- St. Ephraim Monastery : Nea Makri, Marathon, Greece ,Open : 7:00 am – 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Activities : Scenic Driving- Auto Touring / sightseeing / photo opportunities / trekking / Snorkeling Boat Excursions in Nea Makri, Athens / Marathon & Thermopylae Battlefields Full Day Private Tour from Athens / Marathon Lake and Ancient Vravrona Tour.
Go next : The beach of Schinias is located southeast of the town and it is a popular windsurfing spot and the Olympic Rowing Center / Lake Marathon or the Marathon Reservoir.