Ancient Olympia

The Entrance to the Stadium in Olympia

The Ancient Stadium of Olympia

Ancient Olympia Ruins

The Temple of Hera in Olympia

A Picture of the Statue of Zeus in the Museum of Olympia

The Nike of Paeonios in Olympia Museum

The Statue of Hermes of Praxiteles in the Museum of Olympia

Sculptures in the Museum of Olympia

Sculptures in the Museum of Olympia

In the Museum of Olympia

Visit the site of ancient Olympia on a day trip.

Olympia is situated approximately 150 km from the Harmony Hotel.

The important religious centre dedicated to Zeus and the goddess Hera lies in the lovely valley of the river Alpheios where it runs into the river Kladeos. Oympia is known for the festivals that took place here honouring Zeus, which were pan-Hellenic (for all of Greece). The dignified and peaceful Olympic Games stem from these first festivals. The big statue of Zeus inside the temple made of gold and ivory was created by the sculptor Pheidia in 5th century BC and was designated as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

The original Olympic stadium was built in the 4th century BC with a capacity for 50,000. It is the best preserved of all ancient Greek stadiums and was not modified by the Romans. Exhibited in the museum are the well kept statues of Nike (goddess of victory), Paionios and Hermes of Praxiteles.