Sunday, April 24, 2011

Ancient Olympia

We visited the site of the original Olympics--which were a religious ceremony to honor Zeus, the chief of the Olympian gods. The archaeological site is as big as a city, and the best sites are the temple of Hera, the temple of Zeus (which used to have a gigantic ivory and gold statue of the god and was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), and of course the Olympic Stadium where the first games were held in 776 B.C.

Most Greeks consider the beginning of the Olympics as the end of the Dark Ages, when civilization flourished again.

Check out many more pictures of the site of Ancient Olympia and the nearby Museum here.

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