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Olympia Museums

Olympia is a small town on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, famous for the archaeological site which was a major Panhellenic religious sanctuary of Ancient Greece, where the ancient Olympic Games were held. The site was dedicated to Zeus and drew visitors from all over the Greek world as one of a group of such “Panhellenic” centres which helped to build the identity of the ancient Greeks as a nation. Despite the name, it is nowhere near Mount Olympus in northern Greece.

The Olympic Games were held every four years throughout Classical antiquity, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. The archaeological site held over 70 significant buildings and the ruins and foundations of many of these survive.

Olympia Museums

Olympia Historical Sites

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Greek Proverbs and Quotes

Olympia Museums

Olympia Map

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“Holding an Olympic Games means evoking history. ”
– Pierre de Coubertin

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