Ancient Olympia - the birthplace of the Olympic Games.    Price € 90      

In the north-west of the Peloponnese, in the fertile valley area Elis, is the ancient city of Olympia, is a powerful policy and cult sanctuary throughout ancient Greece, dedicated to Zeus - the father of gods and men. Initially, there was a sanctuary of the goddess of the Earth Gaia, based among the first owners of this area - pisatov tribe, but later, here came the Dorians and Aeolians, subjecting the area and have established a cult of Zeus. Sanctuary is located at the foot of the crown, admiring its beauty and harmonious coexistence with the surrounding fragrant coniferous forest. Olympia was not only religious, but also the sports center of Greece - for the first time in VIIIv. BC Olympic Games were held. According to legend, the founder of the glorious tradition of sports became king Pelops, who won the chariot races king Oenomaus. The Olympic Games are held every four years for nearly a thousand years. During their conduct between the Greek city-establish peace. Today it is possible in all colors to imagine life of this magnificent complex - on its territory there are perfectly preserved buildings and artifacts of those times. The center of the sanctuary is a luxurious temple of Zeus, striking with its grandeur and beauty. Gymnasium, palaestra, Leonidaion, racecourse and stadium allow to touch history, feel the breath of time and giving free rein to imagination, to see how they come to life and are filled with athletes and spectators, eager to see the race. Many interesting things can be seen in the Archaeological Museum of Olympia - one of the largest in Greece. The excavations at Olympia continues to this day and who knows what other exciting secrets will reveal this beautiful land ...