Sanctuary of Olympia, Greece

May 20, 2016

Rain was predicted for the next day or so with the chances of thunder showers only increasing, so we decided to hit the Sanctuary of Olympia, home of the original Olympic Games, on the way into town.

As with Delphi the site was much more interesting when following the Rick Steves self-guided tour found in his guidebook. Although there are plaques with descriptions about the various structures, his tour helps organize your visit and brings the vast complex to life. There isn’t much left of many of the buildings, but enough to imagine what this place must have been like in antiquity at the height of the games.

Sanctuary of Olympia

Sanctuary of Olympia

Gymnasium and Paleastra – where the athletes trained

Sanctuary of Olympia

Paleastra – ancient bathtub

Sanctuary of Olympia

Workshop of Pheidias – where Pheidias made the statues for the Temple of Zeus

Sanctuary of Olympia

Inside the workshop of Pheidias

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Sanctuary of Olympia

Temple of Zeus

Sanctuary of Olympia

Temple of Zeus – fallen column

Sanctuary of Olympia

Krypti – Entrance to the Stadium

Sanctuary of Olympia

Stadium

Sanctuary of Olympia

Stadium – original starting block

Sanctuary of Olympia

Stadium

Sanctuary of Olympia

Sanctuary of Olympia

Alter of Hera – where the Olympic torch is lit

Sanctuary of Olympia

Temple of Hera

Sanctuary of Olympia

Temple of Hera

Sanctuary of Olympia

Philippeion – Hellenistic triumphal monument

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