March 14, 2008

Ancient Olympia and Modern Olympia Sites

Ancient Olympia was the site of the ancient Olympic Games. It is located at the foot of the Kronion Hill, set in a valley between two rivers and has become one of the most popular and famous sites in Greece. You should set aside at least two hours to enjoy the ruins and the museum, however, about four hours would be best. There is so much to see and imagine in the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia that brought us the original Olympic Games.

Modern Olympia is a...

March 04, 2008

Attractions at Ancient Olympia

1. Gymnasium:
The Gymnasium was build in the 2nd century BC and at the end of the 2nd century columns at each end of the Gymnasium were added which allowed the athletes who required ample space for training in discus, javelin and running. The Gymnasium has not been completely excavated and its west side was swept away the river Kladeos. It measures 120m x 220m.

2. The Palaestra:
Attractions at Ancient Olympia
The Palaestra which is a sports ground or gymnasium was built in the 3rd century BC and was where the athletes trained for sports such as boxing, wrestling and jumping, situated west of the Altis. It is a courtyard encircled by a line of columns and surrounded by...

February 29, 2008

History of the Olympic Games

There are many myths related to the founders of the Olympic Games. As far as tradition goes, the gods were the first to compete in Olympia: Zeus defeated Saturn in the wrestling event; Apollo defeated Hermes in running, etc.

According to Mycenaean tradition, Pelops is considered the founder of the Olympic Games as thanks to the Gods for offering him victory after defeating Oinomaus. Another myth credits Hercules, a demigod as founder of the games. Hercules also...

February 28, 2008

Archaeological Site of Ancient Olympia

Olympia is a city that symbolizes peace, brotherhood and truce. It is the birthplace of the Olympic Games and is dedicated to Zeus, the father of the Gods. Ancient Olympia offers a myriad of treasures that appeal to all who are interested in the way of life of ancient times and more particularly, ancient Greece. The archaeological site consists of the Altis, the sanctuary of Zeus surrounded by notable buildings and structures, monuments and statues. If you are visiting Greece, you must not miss the beauty and history of Ancient Olympia.