FLASHBACK JOURNEY TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES
- Archaeological Museum of Olympia
- Temple of Zeus
- Temple of Hera
- The Stadium of Olympia
- Pierre de Coubertin’s Monument
- The Ancient Gymnasium
- Hermes and the infant Dionysus statue
- Nike of Paionios statue
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Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the first Olympic Games, is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Greece. A large part of the sanctum survives to this day, including the temples of Zeus and Hera, sports facilities were the Games were held and the athletes trained, administrative buildings and more.
The great temple of Zeus, protector of the sanctum and the Games, and the smaller one dedicated to Hera dominate the area with their presence, but they are far from alone in their majesty. There is also the Mitroon, a temple dedicated to the mother of the gods, Rea, the Pelopion, a monument dedicated to the mythical hero Pelops, considered the creator of the Games as well as the namesake of the Peloponnese region, and the Phillipion, a distinctive circular building dedicated to the gods by Philip II of Macedonia and later finished by his son Alexander the Great.
And those are just the religious part of life at Olympia. Alongside them survive the main administrative centers of the Games, the guestrooms were the most important visitors to the sanctum were housed, the workshop of the sculptor Phidias, creator of the grand statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, the gym and of course the Stadium. The altar of Hera still stands to this day as well and is used today for lighting the Olympic Flame.
Treasures offered by cities of antiquity and statues of gods, heroes and Olympic winners used to fill the sanctum and plenty have been found and are housed in the nearby museum, including the famous Hermes by the sculptor Praxiteles.
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