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Olympia, Olympia

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Live the spirit of the Olympic Games at Olympia, the birthplace of the world's most popular sporting event. The site of the first Games, held in honor of Zeus, took place in this spot in 776 BCE. Remains of food and burnt offerings unearthed in the area show evidence of a long history of religious activity at the site, dating back to a period long before the first Games. The ancient sanctuary contains the ruins of temples dedicated to Zeus and Hera, an altar area made for sacrifices, and an alleged tomb of Pelops, a figure in Greek mythology. To see where the ancient world's top athletes trained and competed, take a guided walk around the ruins. By using our Olympia itinerary maker, you can arrange your visit to Olympia and other attractions in Olympia.
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  • Olympia is the ancient site of the games of the same name, and which also gave its name to the modern games of the same name, of course... The location is a bit away from the historical sites of this beautiful country. In these circumstances, we probably go a little less, and it's a shame. Me personally I arrived to this place almost by chance. However this place is worth really as well from an archaeological point of view than from a strictly historical point of view. Many of us have been very pleasantly surprised by this site
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  • As I described in the title, a beautiful archaeological site, you notice the ancient history of the Greek people. My feeling was that most visiting the site more I warmed up. Who goes to Katakolo, must go to Olympia to visit the site. Offers wonderful shots to capture. Recommended.
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  • Our side trip to ancient Olympia was well worth the drive. We were staying close to the Westin Costa Navarino resort and took a day-trip north to Olympia to see the ruins. Our GPS was the hero of the ...  more »
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  • Incredible ruins of the ancient Greek home of the original Olympics. Remains of many sites can still be made out including the running track and inscriptions to the winners. A guide is a worthwhile investment to help you understand and appreciate how site changed over the centuries and what you are viewing. Very atmospheric but also very open - take suncream!
  • One of the top historical locations in Greece.Birthplace of the Olympic Games and an Unesco's World Heritage Site.
  • The most beautiful "kalistos" place in Greece, according to Lysias, the renowned sophist of antiquity. Alexander the Great said that Olympia is the spiritual capital of Greece. In Olympia the Games were born, and with them the sacred truce, the values of excellence, endurance and noble rivalry emerged. The gold and ivory statue of Zeus, one of the seven wonders of Antiquity stood as the most valuable among many other offerings to the most prominent of the gods of the Greeks. In Olympia, finally, the Olympic Flame is lit from sun's rays and is carried to the Olympic Stadium were the Games are hosted.
  • Amazing !!# The computer graphic tour via youtube or other site, is a good staring ground before you visit, since it helps you understand the way it all worked and puts you in the picture. Without it parts of the actual site seem confusing.
  • Great place so much History surrounding you and so so much to learn.