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Ancient Olympia

The site of Ancient Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games, is so well known worldwide that it needs minimal recommendations.

The archeological site of Olympia is 110 km away from Villa grECOrama.

The site of Ancient Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games, is so well known worldwide that it needs minimal recommendations. The beginnings of Olympia date back to the 3rd millennium BC, while in the 9th century BC. it was already a sacred place that attracted many pilgrims.

In the 8th century the fame of Olympia reached as far as Mesopotamia in the East and Lower Italy in the West. From the year 776 BC. and then, during the Olympic Games, a truce prevailed throughout Greece. The significance of the Olympic Games was such that the dating of all events in Ancient Greece was based on the Olympics.

1280px Olympie Temple Zeus
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The site remained a center of worship until 393 AD, when the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius I ordered the closure of all Greek shrines. The area later suffered many disasters from natural causes, while in the 9th century it was abandoned and deserted. Over the years it was covered with soil, several meters thick, due to the torrent Kladeos and the erosion of the soil of Kronios Lofos.

The discovery of the sanctuary of Ancient Olympia is due to the Englishman Richard Chandler, in 1766. The first major excavation in Olympia began in 1875, led by the German archaeologist Ernst Curtius and funded by the German State.

Today, in the archeological site of Olympia, the touch of the Olympic flame of the modern Olympic Games takes place every 4 years.

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