Olympia Sightseeing

Olympia sightseeing
Sightseeing: 6 things to see in Olympia, Greece

The archaeological site of Olympia, on the western side of Peloponnese, is most famous as the venue of the ancient Olympic Games. These were actually athletic events taking place every four years as part of celebrations for god Zeus. Today, the site hosts remain of ancient temples, a stadium, and the Archaeological Museum. This museum hosts stunning pieces found at excavations in the ancient site and the region of Olympia, such as the Statue of Hermes of Praxiteles and the Nike of Paionios. The Ancient Stadium with the characteristic arch is also interesting sightseeing in Olympia.

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In this section, you can see the best Olympia Sightseeing but also things to see by location. Do not miss to also read about things to do.
You can also view all things to see in Olympia by category: villages, museums.

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Archaeological Museum
Location: Ancient Olympia
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Considered among the best museums in Greece, the Archaeological Museum hosts findings from the ancient site and from other excavations in the area. Well labeled and with many rooms, the most famous exhibits of the museum are the statues of Hermes of Praxiteles and of Nike Paionios.

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This is the stadium where most Olympic Games used to take place in the antiquity. The racetrack is over 200 meters long and nearly 30 to 34 meters wide.

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Located close to the stadium, the Temple of Zeus 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.

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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 glame is lit before the games.

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Location: In north western Peloponnese
Description: The village of Olympia is located right next to the ancient site. It has traditional architecture and many tourist facilities.

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Ancient Olympia, 2005.
Stone columns at Olympia
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