The massive temple of Zeus, the most important building in the Altis, standing in its very centre, is the largest temple in the Peloponnese, considered by many to be the perfect example of Doric architecture. It was built by the Eleans from the spoils of the Triphylian war and dedicated to Zeus. Construction began c. … Continue reading
The Archaeological Museum of Olympia, one of the most important museums in Greece, presents the long history of the most celebrated sanctuary of antiquity, the sanctuary of Zeus, father of both gods and men, where the Olympic games were born. The museum’s permanent exhibition contains finds from the excavations in the sacred precinct of the … Continue reading
One of the most notable archeological sites in Greece. During the 10th century BC, Ancient Olympia was the place of worship of Zeus, while the Olympic Games started taking place there every 4 years in 776 BC, which were banned in 394 AC by the Emperor Theodosius I as a pagan event. However, the institution … Continue reading
Beautifully presented displays depict the history of the world’s most prestigious sporting competition. Learn about its core original events (foot racing, wrestling, boxing and chariot racing); why it’s associated with Hercules (or Pelops); and what fate befell women who tried to watch the Games despite prohibitions. The sculptures, mosaics, pottery art and votive offerings all … Continue reading
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