In this tour, we travel back in time and visit the site in which the Olympic Games were held thousands of years ago!
The sanctuary is located in Elis on the Peloponnese peninsula. The Olympic Games were held every four years throughout Classical antiquity, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD.
The sanctuary, known as the Altis, consists of an unordered arrangement of various buildings. Enclosed within the temenos (sacred enclosure) are the Temple of Hera (or Heraion/Heraeum), the Temple of Zeus, the Pelopion, and the area of the altar, where the sacrifices were made.
To the north of the sanctuary can be found the Prytaneion and the Philippeion, as well as the array of treasuries representing the various city-states. The Metroon lies to the south of these treasuries, with the Echo Stoa to the east. The Hippodrome and later stadium were located east of the Echo Stoa.
To the south of the sanctuary is the South Stoa and the Bouleuterion, whereas the Palaestra, the workshop of Pheidias, the Gymnasium, and the Leonidaion lie to the west.
*A tour guide can be provided upon request (fee not included).