|Olympia was the site of the first Olympic games. An event held once every four years, whereby all Greek nations put aside their differences and competed in sporting events to see who had the best athlete. Only men were aloud to compete and it was an offence punishable by death if an unmarried female so much as spectated. There were just fourteen statues of Zeus lining the entrance to the Crypt. One for each athlete who cheated. |
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Our tour stopped off at Olympia, the site of the first Olympic games and included a visit to the museum, which in itself was well worth the visit.
|The palaestra was part of the gymnasium.|
|The Leonidaion was the lodging place for athletes.||Temple of Zeus.||Temple of Zeus again.|
|Ruins of the Philippeion.||Me in front of said ruins.||Temple of Hera.|
|Nymphaeum of Herodes Atticus where the Olympic flame is lit.||Ruins of the Temple of Hera.|
|The Olympia stadium, home of the first Olympic games.|
|The entrance from inside the stadium. The Crypt of Olympia is a long and narrow vaulted passage through which the athletes and judges entered the Stadium, signifying the opening of the games.||Looking back from the end of the 192 meter stadium toward the entrance.||A close up shot of grass. In the background you can make out me in front of the Crypt of Olympia - the entrance to the stadium.|
|Museum at Olympia|
|Various styles of helmets.||Pediments of the Temple of Zeus.|
|Nike of Paionios.|