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Ancient Olympia - Isthmus
Ancient Olympia - Isthmus

The Olympia, was the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece dedicated to Zeus. It was the venue of the Olympic Games which were held in the context of the Olympians, the most important feast of the Greeks during most of antiquity.

Similar celebrations were the Pythian Games held in honor of Apollo at Delphi, the Isthmia in honor of Poseidon at the Isthmus of Corinth and the Nemea, also in honor of Zeus in the temple of Nemea.
In Olympia, in the majestic temple of God, there was the gold and ivory statue of Zeus by Phidias, which was known in ancient times as one of the seven wonders of the world. The origins of the Olympic Games located in 776 BC and held every four years. During the Hellenistic period several buildings were erected, mostly secular, as the Gymnasium and the Palaestra, and in Roman times were modifications to existing ones. Also baths, luxury homes and aqueduct were built.