Olympia

Local nameΟλυμπία
LocationAncient Olympia, Greece

Olympia is a small town in Elis on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, famous for the nearby archaeological site of the same name, which was a major Panhellenic religious sanctuary of ancient Greece, where the ancient Olympic Games were held. The site was primarily dedicated to Zeus and drew visitors from all over the Greek world as one of a group of such "Panhellenic" centres which helped to build the identity of the ancient Greeks as a nation. Despite the name, it is nowhere near Mount Olympus in northern Greece, where the Twelve Olympians, the major deities of Ancient Greek religion, were believed to live.

The Olympic Games were held every four years throughout Classical antiquity, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD.The archaeological site held over 70 significant buildings, and ruins of many of these survive, although the main Temple of Zeus survives only as stones on the ground.

Tags UNESCOArchaeological SitePaidHeritage
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4-Day Classical Greece Tour: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora from 601 USD

More information and contact

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympia,_Greece

UNESCO website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/517

Address 27065, Greece

Coordinates 37°38'18.545" N 21°37'49.878" E

Tours and activities: Olympia

4-Day Classical Greece Tour: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora

from 601 USD

Katakolon Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Ancient Olympia and Archeological Site

from 101 USD

Katakolon Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Ancient Olympia, Archeological Site and Archeological Museum

from 103 USD

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