Α visit to the archeological site of Ancient Olympia and its museum.

A few years ago, we decided not to travel abroad as usual but organize a trip around Greece. We chose to take a tour of the Peloponnese to rediscover the beauties of this region of Greece, since the last time we visited it was many years ago, when our daughters were still young. So, now just the two of us, me and Christos, started our holidays with our motorhome and we drove all the way from Thessaloniki to the Peloponnese through Rio-Antirio Bridge. The itinerary included, of course, the the archeological site of Ancient Olympia and its museum!

Visit to the archeological site of Ancient Olympia and its museum
Ancient Olympia, Peloponnese, Greece

Read also on GTF:

Ancient Olympia

We started our tour by walking on the archaelogical path of ancient Olympia and it was like taking a trip back into the past where the Olympic Games were held. 2500 years ago, when thousands of people from all over Greece gathered in the area to honor Zeus and to watch the sports games held in his honor.

Visit to the archeological site of Ancient Olympia and its museum
My daughters during our first visit to Ancient Olympia, Peloponnese, Greece
Visit to the archeological site of Ancient Olympia and its museum
The archeological site of Ancient Olympia where the Olympic Games were held back in Ancient Greece. Today every 4 years the olympic fire is lit and the Olympic Games begin.

Temple of Zeus

Around 455 BC, ancient Greeks built the largest temple of God Zeus in the center of ancient Olympia, Peloponnese. In the center of the temple there was the ivory statue of Zeus, which was the work of the sculptor Pheidias. Unfortunately today nothing has been saved. Pheidias was also the artist of the sculptural decoration of the Parthenon of the Acropolis of Athens, and of course the ivory statue of the goddess Athena, which wasn’t saved too. However, in the Museum of Olympia, you can find and see some other sculptures of the same artist.

Visit to the archeological site of Ancient Olympia and its museum
Ancient Olympia, Peloponnese, Greece

Stadium at Olympia

At the same time, other temples and altars started to be built around the temple of the Olympian god Zeus. There were also buildings where the precious votive offerings were kept, high schools, arcades, stadiums and a hippodrome. The stadium had a capacity of 45,000 people and had no stands, as spectators sat on the sloping ground. An entire city was ready to welcome athletes from all over Greece and reward them for their victory by putting a laurel wreath on their heads, but also giving them glory and honor that would accompany them and their family throughout their whole life.

Visit to the archeological site of Ancient Olympia and its museum
Scattered columns everywhere and their bases, remnants of an important city of antiquity, Olympia.

Olympic Games

The Olympic Games are now held every four years and because of technology they travel to every corner of the globe and move billions of people. But where and how did they start? Legend has it that when the Peloponnesse defeated the king of Ilia, Oinomao, in chariot races, he became the King of the region and married his daughter Hippodameia. He then named the whole country Peloponnese and established the Olympic Games in honor of Olympian Zeus who helped him win. They started in 776 BC and officially stopped in 393 AD. by command of the Byzantine emperor Theodosius AD. Throughout history, the Olympic Games have been the top sporting event. Wars stopped by a holy and inviolable truce, while thousands of spectators came to Olympia to watch the games. For an Olympian it was the highest distinction a Greek could ever dream of and the glory accompanied not only the athlete but also his family and city.

Visit to the archeological site of Ancient Olympia and its museum
The natural landscape of Ancient Olympia is a landscape that gives you energy and positive vibe.

Skip the line tickets, tours and more

Before your visit, you can find and buy audio tours (in English) but also virtual tours (virtual reality) by clicking on the links below.

Book a virtual reality tour to ancient OLYMPIA (family friendly)

Book an audio tour on your phone to ancient olympia

Olympia and Museum Private Guided Tour

From Athens: Full-Day Private Round Trip to Ancient Olympia

Don’t forget: You enter the Archaelogical Museum and the Museum of the Olympic Games with the same ticket you book to enter the archaelogical site of Olympia.

Visit to the archeological site of Ancient Olympia and its museum
Ancient Olympia, Peloponnese, Greece

Museum of Ancient Olympia

The Museum of Olympia is one of the best museums in Greece. The most important exhibit, which captivates every single visitor, is the statue of Hermes of Praxiteles. It is a wonderful sculpture! A divine statue with perfect proportions which was made by the hands of one of the greatests artists of antiquity, Pheidias. As it is the only exhibit in its hall, it gave us the opportunity to admire it from all sides. The glossy marble magnetized us as much as the different facial expressions of the statue depending on which side we looked at it. Hermes of Praxiteles is one of the most perfect statues in the world that left us speechless!

Visit to the archeological site of Ancient Olympia and its museum
The great earthquakes of 522 and 551 AD brought the final destruction of Olympia.

I could talk for hours about this wonderful place in Ancient Olympia. I will be very happy to know if you have visited the archeological site of Ancient Olympia and the museum and if you liked it as much as we did!

Don’t hesitate to repost our blogpost on social media.

Find Accomondation

Pin it for later

© We may not republish, copy or modify the content without our written consent.

© The post may contain affiliate links whose revenue helps maintain the blog. They do not charge you extra if you make a purchase through them. Thanks in advance for your support.

mama Maria
Hello! I am Maria, Kathy's and Callie's mom, and everyone knows me as Mama Maria. I am a part of a big happy travel family and I am very proud of all of them. My husband and I have always been travelling but since we bought our motorhome our life has changed a lot. We have travelled almost all around Greece and Europe and I am here to help you organize your trip through my posts. History, sightseeing and culture are my favorite parts of a trip and I am passionate about writing about them on our first blog Anthomeli. Now, our adventures will be posted here on the Greek Travel Family blog and I hope you enjoy them. However, I am still a mum and a grandma and when I am not travelling I like taking care of my family and grandchildren.

Related Stories

Latest Posts

Α visit to the archeological site of Ancient Olympia...

Our visit to the archeological site of Ancient Olympia and its museum. Information about olympic games and the museum from greek travel blogger.

The 11 best waterparks in Greece

Greece is a country with one of the longest coastlines in the world and...

Unesco World Heritage Sites in Greece: A quick guide

Unesco World Heritage Sites. Greece is full of magnificent archaelogical sites dating back to...

Accomodation in Sifnos, Greece: Nima Sifnos Residences

Sifnos is an island which belongs to the Cyclades island group in Greece. The...

7 reasons to go on a greek island cruise...

A few days ago we had the chance to experience the 7 day greek...

Guided tour of Mycenae: archeological site and museum

We visited the Peloponnese for the first time when we were kids and I...

Popular Posts

Romantic Stay at Apanemo Hotel in Santorini, Greece

The island of Santorini is one of the top destinations in the world and...

Holidays in Klagenfurt and Lake Worthersee, Austria

Much of our summer motorhome vacation, we spent it in Austria and were captivated...

Vacations in Thassos, a green greek island

Greece has got a lot of beautiful islands. As far as the tourists are...

Explore the Acropolis Museum with kids

Last year, after our children had finished their school year, we decided to make...

Family Holidays in Hydra, Greece, with kids

Hydra is an island in the Argosaronic gulf in Greece and it is only...

The archaelogical museum of Delphi and top things to...

After your tour at the archaeological site of Delphi and the most renowned oracle...

Our Life Style n Travel Blog

Comments

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here