Visit the top attractions of Αncient Olympia
Ancient Olympia has many attractions that you must see and that you should include in your trip if you want to experience the incredibly enchanting atmosphere of the area.
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Temple of Hera
One of the oldest temples in Greece, this temple to goddess Hera was constructed in the 7th century BC according to the Dorian style. Today this is the altar where the Olympic flame is lit before the games.
Temple of Zeus
It was built in the 5th century BC by a local architect. The temple was made of limestone and marble. Historical records narrate that a giant golden statue of Zeus was found inside this temple.
The Philippieion, the only circular building inside the Altis, is one of the finest examples of ancient Greek architecture. Located west of the temple of Hera, it was dedicated to Zeus by Philip II of Macedon.
The palaestra is situated west of the Altis enclosure, near the Kladeos river. Built in the third century BC as part of the gymnasium complex, it was used to practice boxing, wrestling and jumping.
Museum of Ancient Olympia
This magnificent museum has finds from the adjacent archeological site of Olympia. The museum's exhibits cover the past of the Olympic sanctuary, from the prehistoric to the Roman period. Objects include ceramics, votive offerings to Zeus and Hera, sacrificial ornaments and statues from the Temple of Hera.