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Ancient Olympia

Visit the site of ancient Olympia on a day trip.

Olympia is situated approximately 150 km from Harmony Hotel Apartments and is the birthplace of the Olympic games.

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 there honouring Zeus, which were pan-Hellenic (for all of Greece). The dignified and peaceful Olympic Games stem from these first festivals. The large 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.

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