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Find out everything about your trip in Olympia on our travel guide! Olympia is among the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Located on the western side of Peloponnese, this was the place where the first ancient Olympic Games took place. These games were held to honor the god Zeus and included a series of athletic competitions with representatives of all the Greek city-states. It was a great honor for a city-state to give birth to Olympic winners, whose only prize was an olive branch. Interesting sights in Olympia Greece are the Ancient Stadium, the temples of Zeus and Hera, the palaestra and the workshop of Phidias. During your holidays in Olympia, do not also miss a visit to the Archaeological Museum with impressive exhibits.
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One of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, Olympia is located on the western side of Peloponnese. This was the place where the ancient Olympic Games were organized and this is why an entire sanctuary to god Zeus was constructed next to the athletic installations to honor the gods before the beginning of the games. The spirit of the ancient Olympic Games inspired their revival in modern times. Next to the ancient site is a traditional village with lush greenery and many tourist facilities.
One of the most important archaeological sites of Greece, Olympia is located on the western side of Peloponnese, in mainland Greece. This was the place that gave birth to the ancient Olympic Games, where all Greek city-states would send their representatives. The Olympic Games were suspended in 394 AD by the Byzantine emperor Theodosius as a pagan ritual.
They started again many centuries later, in 1896, after the idea of the French baron Pierre de Coubertin. The most characteristic sights of Olympia Greece are the Ancient Stadium, the temples of Zeus and Hera and certainly the Archaeological Museum, with impressive exhibits and findings from excavations in the region. Things to do in the region include hiking and cycling.
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The Ancient Stadium of Olympia was the main court where the ancient Olympic Games would take place. A nice arch marks the entrance to the stadium.
The Archaeological Museum of Olympia is among the largest and best organized museums in Greece. It hosts interesting items from excavations in the site.
One of the oldest monuments in Greece, the Temple of Hera became solely dedicated to the goddess when the great Temple of Zeus was constructed nearby.
The ruined Temple of Zeus that stands today in the archaeological site of Olympia was built to honor the chief of the gods.
The Museum of the Ancient Olympic Games is housed in a Neoclassical building that used to host the Town Hall of Olympia. It hosts exhibits that show the history of the Olympic Games.
The exhibits is dedidicated to Archiides and is accompanied by rich audio-visual material.