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Live the spirit of the Olympic Games at Archaeological Site of 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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Archaeological Site of Olympia by using our Olympia route maker.
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  • It was amazing to walk around the excavated ruins in Olympia. The columns standing gave you a taste of their height but the ones on the ground gave up a close up view of just how massive each slice.....  more
    It was amazing to walk around the excavated ruins in Olympia. The columns standing gave you a taste of their height but the ones on the ground gave up a close up view of just how massive each slice.....  more »
  • Accessible from the village car park and fairly level walking on clearly laid out paths, this site has lots to see. The highlights are the very sizeable stone remains of Zeus' palace and the... 
    Accessible from the village car park and fairly level walking on clearly laid out paths, this site has lots to see. The highlights are the very sizeable stone remains of Zeus' palace and the...  more »
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  • Amazing. Olympia during the last week of the year was mot crowded. The temperature was perfect, no crowds and all the sites to visit calmly and at your pace. The temple of Zeus and the surrounding complex is breathtaking. Good restaurants around. Very nice town, clean and organized. We loved the trip to Greece!!
  • Loved our visit to the site of Ancient Olympia, birthplace of the ancient Olympics, and several of the great temples of antiquity. The natural area is just beautiful and the museum was remarkable. We had a tour with a professional guide (Elena - outstanding!), which was a great way to get the full history.

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