Olympia, in the western Peloponnese, has been inhabited since prehistoric times and has been a centre for the worship of Zeus from the 10th century BC onwards. The region around Olympia has a high concentration of temples and masterpieces of ancient Greece (including the remains of all the sports structures erected for the ancient Olympic games).
Starting from 776 BC the Olympic games were held in Olympia every four years until they were abolished by emperor Theodosius I in 394 AD because they were reminiscent of paganism. The exact site was re-discovered in 1766 by Richard Chandler. Excavations started in the 19th century. Nowadays Olympia is a popular tourist destination. Near the archaeological site and the Olympia museum lies the modern city of Olympia, which has a good tourist infrastructure and is convenient as a basis for exploring the archeological site. The archaeological site of Olympia is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
01 Ruins 02 Temple of Hera ruins 03 Ruins 04 Temple of Zeus ruins
05 Ruins 06 Temple of Zeus ruins 07 Temple of Zeus ruins 08 Pillar
09 Broken pillar 10 Ruins 11 Ruins 12 Philippeion circular memorial 13 Philippeion circular memorial
14 Philippeion circular memorial 15 Doric colonnade of Gymnasium 16 Doric colonnade of Gymnasium 01 Lion head shaped spout
02 Clay Roman soldier puppet 03 Sculptured ornaments from Zeus temple 04 Sculpture of centaurs abducting Lapith women 05 Statue of Zeus 06 Heracles taming the bull of Crete
07 Statue of goddess Nike of Paionios 08 Corinthian style column 09 Etruscan style bronze helmet 10 Corinthian style bronze helmet 11 Winged Gorgoneion sheet
12 Shield 13 Bronze Illyrian helmet 14 Griffin protome 15 Bronze lion head 16 Etruscan style bronze helmet 17 Terracotta statue of Zeus carrying Ganymede
18 Modern Olympia
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