Archaeological Site of Olympia, Olympia

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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's great to see a place where the Olympic games took their beginning. The Olympic torch relay still starts in this place.  more »
  • Much better than expected!! So many impressive different sites all together. We added the “Olympia back in time” VR headset tour which really improved the experience. You could stand in front of each....  more »
  • A unique place. The whole area is quite big and you need plenty of time to explore it. Take some water with you especially if you go during the summer months. Hire a tour guide if you want to learn the glorious history of ancient Olympia, you will enjoy much more your visit. Highly recommended.
  • Really interesting site, full of historical information. It is truly humbling to be part of such an ancient venue, the very cradle of Western Civilization. On a more practical side, a few observations. We are visiting in early fall, and it is still hot in mid September. There is a limited amount of shade, so sun protection is a must. Hydration is also important: carry water. The terrain is varied, with gravel walks (my wife wore sandals, and yes, the Greeks had a word for the annoying little stones that get in your sandals: scruples), there is cobblestone and occasionally rutted paths. Good footwear is a must. The area is hilly, with quite a few steps. I admire those who got around in wheelchairs and walking devices like canes and walkers. Dedication is to be admired, but preparation is a must. Truly worth seeing, the site at Mount Olympus demands a bit of planning to insure a safe and pleasant visit.

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