The importance of the battle of Thermopylae in continuation of Greek culture which became the foundation of European culture, was noted by many historians. Some of them say that Greece saved European civilization that particular historical moment. The historical events of Thermopylae gave space & symbolic connotations beyond the historical event itself. The impact of the battle until the current era is marked by modern monument of Leonidas & the monument of 700 deceased Thespian, opposite the site of the historic battle.
Besides the battle area & the hot springs, the visitor will admire the Statue of King Leonidas and the well known epigram of Simonides which was engraved as an epitaph on a commemorative stone placed on top of the burial mound of the Spartans at Thermopylae. This epigram says : Ὦ ξεῖν’, ἀγγέλλειν Λακεδαιμονίοις ὅτι τῇδε κείμεθα, τοῖς κείνων ῥήμασι πειθόμενοι, which means "Stranger, announce to the Spartans that here we lie, having fulfilled their orders".
Very recently an Innovative Centre of Historical Information of Thermopylae has been constructed in the area.