Ancient Olympia lies at the foot of Mount Kronos, on the west coast of the Peloponnese. It is dedicated to the god Zeus and is the most famous ancient sanctuary and, of course, is the birthplace of the Olympics. As well as the archaeological site, you should take time to visit the museum of Olympia which is one of the most important museums in Greece and is home to the famous exhibitions of sculptures and bronze items.
The most important monuments:
- The Temple of Zeus. This great building dominated the centre of Olympia and is the largest temple in the Peloponnese. It was completed in 456 BC.
- The Ancient Stadium. This is the place where the ancient Olympic Games and the Heraia, the women's games in honour of Hera, were held. It was fully excavated between 1952 and 1966. On 14th August 2004, the ancient stadium regained its former glory when, after 1,611 years, it hosted the men’s and women’s shot put in the modern Athens Olympic Games.
- The Temple of Hera. It is thought to have been built around 600 BC and is one of the oldest Temples in Greece.
- The Bouleutieion, the Prytaneum, the Gymnasium, the Palaestra, the Hippodrome and the Leonidaion.
- The Workshop of Phidias, the Philippieion, the Echo Hall, the Metroon, the Alter of Zeus and Hera, the Nymphaeon etc.
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