Olympia is an impressive archeological site located in Greece that was first used in the 10th century B.C. when it was a place to worship the god Zeus. This is where the Olympic Games originated from, with the remains of sports complexes dating back to 776 B.C. Similar to our Olympics, they held games every 4 years in Olympia for the best athletes to compete in. The games were held to honor the father of gods, Zeus. Olympia was seen as a place of peaceful competition, where people could go and get along, but compete against each other in the games.

Throughout Olympia, mansions for the inhabitants and visitors were erected, along with baths. The House of Nero was where the emperor would stay in Olympia during the games. As more mansions and villas were built during the Roman age, many of the treasures that were in the sanctuary of Olympia was used for decoration for these homes, and therefore were not preserved. An aqueduct ran through the city, supplying water to everyone.

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DATA

Region
Europe
Country
Greece 
Category
Cultural
Name
Archaeological Site of Olympia
Selection Criteria (?)
(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
Year of Registered
1989
Keyword
Archaeological Remains, Registered in 1989, Roman Monument