Location of Ancient Olympia
Ancient Olympia is an archaeological site of Peloponnese, in southern Greece. The district is surrounded by the Alphios river and the Kladeos river, which empties into the river Alphios.
The archaeological site of Ancient Olympia was discovered during excavations that began in 1829 and lasted for several decades.
The Olympic Games
According to tradition, the first participants of the Olympic games were the Greek gods themselves! Zeus defeated Cronus in a fight, Apollo outran Hermes and defeated Ares in boxing.
Ancient Olympia was a sacred place to the ancient Greeks. There, they worshiped Zeus and held the Olympic Games in his honor. The Olympic Games dated back to 776 BC and were held every four years.
The Gold and Ivory statue of Zeus
Also located in Olympia was the gold and ivory statue of Zeus, a piece of Art that was built around 432 BC by the great sculptor Phidias. The statue was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.The sanctuary of Zeus was in Altis, a small grove that spread around the lush green hills of Olympia.