Olympia - Greece

Temple of Zeus


Olympia was a sacred precinct of Peloponnese located near the crossing of the Alpheios and Kladeos rivers. Evidence points to cultic activity at Olympia since the 11th century B.C. The site was most noted for its festival of Zeus, which included the renowned Olympic Games. Structures at Olympia included temples, housing for priests and others involved in the Games, and public buildings actually used for the Games themselves. At the festival, the Ekecheiria, or Olympic Truce, was pronounced. Competitors from a number of cities competed for the wild olive crown, which would bring honor to his city of origin.

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