ancient olympia


Tours in Ancient Olympia

Olympia in Greece was the site of the ancient Olympic Games, which were celebrated every four years by the Greeks.
The Archaeological Museum of Olympia is one of the most important museums in Greece. The museum's exhibition contains important findings such as sculptures from the Temple of Zeus, Hermes of Praxiteles, the Nike of Paeonius, and many bronzes are also there. In the archeological museum are all the finds that were excavated from the archeological site.
In the archeological site, you will see the gymnasium, the palaestra, the Philipeion, the workshop of Phidias where the gold and ivory statue of Zeus was built, the temples of Zeus, the temple of Hera, the altar where the Olympic torch is being lit in the modern days and the ancient stadium.
In this tour we are going to visit all the previous sites and we are going to travel through the time where the ancient Olympic Games took place.

Ancient Olympia Tours Highlights
-Temple of Zeus, Olympia
-Temple of Hera, Olympia
-Philippeion
-The Hippodrome and later Stadium at Olympia
-The Palaestra at Olympia
-The Workshop of Pheidias
-The Museum of the History of the Olympic Games in Antiquity.
-The Archeological Museum of Olympia*
-Statue of Zeus at Olympia
-The museum of Archimedes (Mathematician) regarded as one of the leading scientists in classical antiquity.
-Olympia village

*Archaeological museum
The Archaeological Museum is where many of Olympia's greatest works of art and artefacts are displayed. Highlights of the museum include the Sculpture from the Temple of Zeus, arguably the finest surviving examples of Archaic Greek sculpture, the 5th century BC Winged Victory by Paiongs, the 4th century BC Hermes of Praxiteles and a model of the reconstructed ancient Olympia site.

Ancient Olympia
The sanctuary of Olympia,established thousands of years ago in a peaceful idyllic valley in the western Peloponesse between the hill of Kronos and the confluence of the rivers Alpheios and Kladeos needs no introduction.
The sanctuary, as well as religious ceremonies held the brilliant panhellenic contests known as Olympia every 4 years in honor of Zeus.
A Unesco World Heritage Centre, Olympia was also known for the gigantic ivory and gold statue of Zeus that used to stand there sculpted by Pheidias which was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Very close to Temple of Zeus which housed this statue, the studio of Pheidas was excavated in the 1950s. Evidence found there, such as the sculptor's tools corroborates this opinion.

Activity level: Moderate
Cultural exposure: 10/10
Duration: Full day
Type: Ancient History, Sightseeing, Walking, Half Day
Olympia Entrance Ticket: Full 6€, Reduced 3€

Free admission days : 6 March, 5 June , 18 April, 18 May, the last weekend of September annually, Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March, first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September and on 27 September International Tourism Day.

Olympia is open: In Summer: 8:00am to 8:00pm

Closed on Holidays: Jan 1st, March 25th, May 1st, Oct 28th.
Christmas and Boxing Day: closed
Easter Sunday: closed
Good Friday: open from 12noon to 3:00pm.
Holy Saturday: open from 8:30am to 3:00pm
Easter Monday: open from 08:30am to 3:00pm.
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