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Olympia, Olympia

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • This place was just fabulous. Our guide showed us most of the area and took us into the museum which was chock full of old statues etc. From a historical standpoint, it doesn't get much better. So int...  read more »
  • I had read some bad reviews on this site and some had even called a ' stony ' thank goodness I didn't let her influence and I came because it's a truly magical place well maintained in a context very green and fresh and therefore also with ancient artifacts and evocative. Recommended!
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  • Be sure to have private guide and visit museum. Hire Olympictaxi for driver for the day and he will arrange guide.One of the best days on trip. 
  • You can have an idea on how the olympic games started and how it looks like. With temples for the gods, the holding rooms for the olympians, a hotel for the prominent guests, a field where the races took place, the stand for the only champion ( there is no 2nd & 3rd place before) and a hall of shame for the cheaters. There is also a museum where the statues tell the story of how the olympic games started. About a tyrant king who does not want his daughter to get married, because if so. He will have to pass down his kingdom to the new prince. Also statues that explain the etiquette of the visitors, because the centaur stole girls. The statue of apollo can also be seen here . Made of ivory. Its beautiful.
  • Beautiful and up lifting experience, the large trees adding some shade from the sun, which the athletes of the time would of been pleased of. Walking down the tunnel to perform in the running races, had a feeling of school sports day! Such an open space. The museum which contained many artefacts was a pleasure to see. A wonderful day.
  • I was totally awed by the sheer amount of culture in Olympia (I guess you could call it a cultural shock 😋). The museum is really amazing and modern while the open-air exhibits were truly amazing! A must-visit for everyone visiting the area.
  • Really cool place to visit. Especially impressed with the museum! Worth a go!
  • An amazing place taking one back in time. Great guide and easy paced tour