Ancient Olympia - the birthplace of the Olympic Games. It enchants with its beauty and tranquillity and is situated in a green valley on the peninsula Peloponnese between the rivers Alor and Kladel.
Since ancient times, the Olympic Games were held in honour of Olympian Zeus every four years. The first documented holding of the Olympic Games was 776 B.C. and were organised by Heracles, although there exist assumptions that games were held even before that period. The modern Olympic Games were revived in 1896 in Athens. Since then the Olympic flame is lit by the sunrays on the altar of the ancient temple of Hera in ancient Olympia every four years. From there the flame is being carried by sportsmen to the country where the upcoming Olympic Games are going to be settled.
In Olympia, you can acquaint yourself with the ancient Olympic village, which includes: The Temple of Olympian Zeus and the goddess Hera, the Olympic Stadium, the place of the lighting of the Olympic flame and other buildings which were used by the participants of the games and by guests. You can also visit the Archaeological Museum which contains a unique archaeological collection of Ancient Olympia.