One day in Olympia

Olympia Travel Blog

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When I was in Zakynthos, I made a boat trip to Olympia, that was really worth a visit!

Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games and Zeus' sacred place.

Olympia is connected to many gods and myths, and there are different versions on how the Olympic Games got started.

The area of Olympia was already inhabited in the beginning of the 2nd Millennium BC.

Olympia was to be renovated many times, and new buildings were added through the ages. Famous people came here to watch the games

Slaves and women, especially married ones, were strictly forbidden to watch the games

The Romans conquered Greece in the 2nd century BC and they took many of the treasures of Olympia with them.

In the 6th century earthquakes destroyed the buildings in Olympia, and it was filled with mud from the flooded rivers Kladeos and Alfeos. Landslides from Mt. Kronion finally covered the whole area up.

The sanctuary was discovered in 1776, and in 1829 French archaeologists started excavating the site. The first modern Olympic Games were held in Berlin in 1936. The irony of it all is that the ancient games would stop the wars, but the modern ones have been stopped by wars on a few occasions
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The boat to Olympia
The boat to Olympia
photo by: Fulla