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    Olympia is among the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Located on the western side of Peloponnese, this was the place where the first ancient Olympic Games took place. These games were held to honor god Zeus and included a series of athletic competitions with representatives of all the Greek city-states. In fact, it was a great honor for a city-state to give birth to Olympic winners, whose only prize was a olive branch. Interesting sights in Olympia Greece are the Ancient Stadium, the temples of Zeus and Hera, the palaestra and the workshop of Phedias. During your holidays in Olympia, do not also miss a visit to the Archaeological Museum with impressive exhibits.

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    One of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, Olympia is located on the western side of Peloponnese. This was the place where the ancient Olympic Games were organized and this is why an entire sanctuary to god Zeus was constructed next to the athletic installations in order to honor the gods before the beginning of the games. The spirit of the ancient Olympic Games actually inspired their revival in the modern times. Next to the ancient site is a traditional village with lush greenery and many tourist facilities.

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    Hotels in Olympia

    There are many hotels available in and around the village of Ancient Olympia in Greece. While there are some large hotels with luxurious amenities, accommodation in Ancient Olympia is limited to family hotels with more basic facilities and traditional guesthouses. All of these venues are very close to the archaeological site. Holidays in Olympia can be combined with trips to nice destinations of western Peloponnese, like Killini, Katakolo or Kalamata.

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    One of the most important archaeological sites of Greece, Olympia is located on the western side of Peloponnese, in mainland Greece. This was the place that gave birth to the ancient Olympic Games, where all Greek city-states would send their representatives. The Olympic Games were suspended in 394 AD by the Byzantine emperor Theodosius as a pagan ritual.

    They started again many centuries later, in 1896, after the idea of the French baron Pierre de Coubertin. The most characteristic sights of Olympia Greece are the Ancient Stadium, the temples of Zeus and Hera and certainly the Archaeological Museum, with impressive exhibits and findings from excavations in the region. Things to do in the region include hiking and cycling.

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    Ancient Olympia, 2005.
    Stone columns at Olympia
    The Herain, early sixth century BC, August 2011
    Reconstructed column at the Temple of Zeus, August 2011
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    Philippeion, fourth century BC, August 2011