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  Ancient Olympia, Greece
Olympia is connected to many gods and myths, and there are different versions on how the Olympic Games got started.
Olympia was to be renovated many times, and new buildings were added through the ages.
In the 6th century earthquakes destroyed the buildings in Olympia, and it was filled with mud from the flooded rivers Kladeos and Alfeos.
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  Olympia, Greece - LoveToKnow 1911
The area known as Olympia is bounded on the west by the Cladeus, on the south by the Alpheus, on the north by the low heights which shut in the Alpheus valley, and on the east by the ancient racecourses.
Olympia thus became the centre of an amphictyony, or federal league under religious sanction, for the west coast of the Peloponnesus, as Delphi was for its neighbours in northern Greece.
The significance of Olympia was larger and higher than the political fortunes of the Greeks who met there, and it survived the overthrow of Greek independence.
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Olympia is a city at the western coast of the Pelloponnes.
The earliest building remains at Olympia are a cluster of Bronze Age houses at the base of the Kronos hill.
The stadium at Olympia was originally within the sacred precinct, where spectators could view the races from the hill of Kronos.
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 Olympia, Greece
Olympia, lying in the angle between the rivers Alpheios and Kladeos, was a great Panhellenic sanctuary, the venue of the Olympic Games.
German excavations from 1875 onwards, which led to the establishment of the present village of Olympia, brought to light the sacred precinct which was known in antiquity as the Altis (the sacred grove) and is now again planted with trees.
Olympia lay within the territory of King Oinomaos of Pisa, who was succeeded by Pelops after his victory in a chariot race and his marriage to Oinomaos's daughter Hippodameia.
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 Olympia, Greece - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Olympia (Greek: Ολυμπία Olympí'a or Ολύμπια Olýmpia, older transliterations, Olimpia, Olimbia), a sanctuary of ancient Greece in Elis, is known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times, comparable in importance to the Pythian Games held in Delphi.
Ruins of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, Greece
A road from Olympia and Krestena was closed in the late-1990s.
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 USATODAY.com - Games return to village where they began   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
OLYMPIA, Greece — The theme of the Athens Olympics is "Welcome Home," but only today will the Games return all the way home, to their ancient birthplace.
Olympia's role in the modern Olympics always has been symbolic, as the place where the Olympic torch relay begins, and where modern Olympics founder Pierre de Coubertin had his last wish fulfilled with the burial of his heart beneath a marble column.
Olympia often has found itself at odds with Olympic commercialism, and its people are hard to ignore because their town is where the prelude for every Games has been enacted since the first torch relay to a host city in 1936.
www.usatoday.com /sports/olympics/athens/news/2004-08-17-olympia-cover_x.htm   (1558 words)

The sacred precinct was situated in the valley of Alpheios, in the territory Pisatis and at the enclosure of Alte "the most beautiful place of Greece", in the north-western Peloponnese.
It is not accidental that Greece for the first time in history held the Games.
This was a unique event, a product of a higher civilization, in which the people were honoring their race and Gods, who had favored them with arete, strength and grace.
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 olympia-2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The Palaestra at the ancient Olympia in Greece.
His embalmed heart is enclosed in a glass urn burried at the base of a marble monument near the ancient stadium in the so-called „Woods of Coubertin" in Olympia, Greece.
Over the years, other events were added: the double course, a race running back and forth across the entire stadium; an edurance contest in which the athletes ran the stadium 24 times, wrestling, boxing the pancratium (combination of boxing and wrestling); and the pentathlon: jumping, running, discus and javelin throwing and wrestling.
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 History of ancient Olympia
For his achievement, a statue of Iphitos was erected in the temple of Zeus in Olympia, in which Hostility was crowning the hero Iphitos.
In 431 BC, the Athenians with the Kerkyreans conquered the port of Pheias and plundered the sacred land of Elis.
In 364 BC and during the Olympic festival, Eleans and their ally Achaeans attacked the Arcadians and Argians at Olympia and they were winning the battle, but unfortunately the leader of the select three hundred, Stratolas, was killed and were forced to withdraw.
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 Olympia Museum
While the latter is shown as the founder of the Pelopid dynasty and represents the Mycenaean phase of the sanctuary, in mythology Herakles is the founder of the athletic contests in the Altis and is associated with the ancient cults which represent its Dorian phase.
The lower part of the temple is made of the local shelly-limestone, while the upper part of the walls were of unbaked bricks, and the entablature of wood, with terra-cotta tiles on the roof.
Finally, the semi-reclining figures in the corners of the pediment are, according to Pausanias (5.10.6 ff.), the two rivers which watered the plain where the sanctuary stood, the Alpheios and the Kladeos.
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 VideoNET: Ancient Greece - Olympia
Olympia is the birth-place of the Olympic Games and also where they were held.
The sanctuary of Olympia spreads around the green wooded feet of the Kronion hill, where the rivers Alpheios and Cladeos meet.
The Altis is the name given to the area in Olympia that comprises the main religious buildings, temples and votive offerings of the sanctuary.
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 Olympia ancient capital of pease and sports
The modern village of Ancient Olympia lies on a hill, near the remains of the magnificent and glorious structures of Olympia.Population: 1,812 inhabitants.
The sanctuary of Olympia was pillaged by the Romans in 74 BC in the course of their conquest of Greece.
Theokoleon: The residence of priests (theokoloi) of Olympia.
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 Olympia, Greece: Home of the Original Olympic Games
Olympia is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Greece.
Olympia is a place you can visit any time of year and if you can come here when the rest of the tourists are gone you will find it even more enjoyable.
The hotel is located on a wooded hill overlooking the town of Olympia and the beautiful valley to the west.
www.greecetravel.com /olympia   (1389 words)

 Olympia (Greece) - Search Results - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Olympia (Greece) - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Olympia (Greece), ancient site of the Olympian Games, which were celebrated every four years by the Greeks.
Olympia is situated in a valley in Elis,...
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 Greece Hotels Greece Travel Guide Greek Islands Hotels Greece Holidays
Greece and the Greek Islands are the holiday and vacation destination that millions of visitors choose to travel to each year.
Visitors to Greece will find a huge selection of hotels and accommodation available including hotels of all categories, rooms, studios and apartments to let, as well as other accommodation such as villas and traditional mansions.
So, when you travel to Greece and the Greek Islands for your holidays, don't feel like a stranger, because, in the eyes of the Greek people, you are a very welcome guest, invited to share and experience all of the magic and beauty that Greece has to offer.
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 Olympia : Introduction | Frommers.com
Olympia Today -- The straggling modern village of Olympia (confusingly known as Ancient Olympia) is bisected by its one main street, Leoforos Kondili.
The ancient site of Olympia is an easily walkable 15 minutes south of the modern village, but if you have a car, you might as well drive: The road teems with tour buses and the walk is less than relaxing.
By the time the Games opened, literally thousands of people had poured into Olympia; and much of the surrounding countryside was a tent city.
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 Olympia Greece-olympic games-Ancient greece- tourist attractions in greece-Facts on Greece-Archaeology
Olympia Greece-olympic games-Ancient greece- tourist attractions in greece-Facts on Greece-Archaeology
Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic games, which were first held here in 776 BC to honor Zeus.
The Olympic games where ceased in 393 AD after an edict issued by Theodosius the Great and were revived for the first time, after fifteen centuries in 1896 in the all-marble Stadium of Athens.
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 Olympia, Greece  -  Travel Photos by Galen R Frysinger, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Olympia was situated in a valley in Elis, in western Pelopónnisos (Peloponnesus), through which runs the Alpheus River.
It was not a town, but only a sanctuary with buildings associated with games and the worship of the gods.
Olympia was a national shrine of the Greeks and contained many treasures of Greek art, such as temples, monuments, altars, theaters, statues, and votive offerings of brass and marble.
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 Olympia and accommodation (hotels) in Olympia, Greece
Housed in an older building that was totally remodelled and refurbished, the Olympia Palace offers high standard accommodation in 65 rooms, 6 junior suites and 8 family rooms.
This hotel is housed in a modern building situated in one of the highest places in Olympia.
One of the best hotels in Olympia, the Europa is on an elevation near ancient Olympia, enjoying a view of the surrounding mountains and the sea.
www.dolphin-hellas.gr /Hotels/Mainland/Peloponnissos/Olympia_Hotels.htm   (689 words)

 Olympia - Greece Travel
The Temple Of Zeus At Olympia As It Was
Olympia, like Delphi, is a place of memories chiefly.
Just at the foot of Kronos a long terrace and flight of steps mark the position of a row of old treasuries, as at Delphi, while along the eastern side of the precinct are to be seen the remains of a portico once famous for its echoes, where sat the judges who distributed the prizes.
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 A Student's Tour of Greece - Olympia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The quaint town of Olympia is located in the western Peloponnesus at the valley of the Alpheos River.
In actuality, Olympia is not considered a town, but a sanctuary with buildings associated with the Olympic Games.
Later in the 19th century the German Institute of Archeology in Athens and the Ephorate of Antiquities in Olympia were permitted to conduct excavations at the site, some of which is still being conducted (Olympia).
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 Travel for Kids: Olympia, Greece
Olympia was the site of the most important athletic games in ancient Greece.
From all over the Greek world, athletes came to Olympia to compete in chariot and horse races, wrestling, boxing and foot races, to offer sacrifices to Zeus, and to celebrate the winners, crowned with wild olive wreaths.
Plus the exquisite statue Hermes of Praxiteles (holding a little tiny Dionysius), and lovely draped ladies in Roman statues, sections of the magnificent frieze from the Temple of Zeus –; legends of the Twelve Labors of Hercules and the Battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs.
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Olympia is a member of the Sister Cities International Association, and has a formal sister city relationship with Kato City, Japan (formerly the Town of Yashiro). 
On April 22, 1981, the City of Olympia, Washington and the Town of Yashiro, Japan signed a Sister City friendship agreement.  Since then, the two cities have exchanged visits of civic groups, students, community residents, teachers, and business leaders.
In Olympia, the friendship is nurtured and sustained by the volunteer work of the Olympia/Yashiro Sister City Association.  The organization encourages cross-cultural understanding and international friendship through its various projects and visits.
www.ci.olympia.wa.us /community/about/Sister_City/Sister_City.htm   (207 words)

 Harvard Summer School: Harvard Summer Program in Olympia, Greece   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, is a historical and symbolic reminder of the ideals of peace and international cooperation.
The Harvard Summer Program in Olympia focuses on the problems and possibilities of crosscultural contact between East and West from ancient times to the present.
Olympia, Greece, is an idyllic site for intellectual endeavor, combining a green hilly landscape with the beautiful site of the ancient Olympic Games, museums, and picturesque seaside towns.
www.dce.harvard.edu /summer/2006/programs/abroad/olympia   (973 words)

 All the best valued Central Holidays hotels, tours and cruises in Greece & Athens   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Central Holidays is a leading tour operator offering Greece vacation packages, each providing everything that you are looking for on your upcoming tour of Greece; a Greek holiday including excursions to explore ancient antiquities and sites, cruising the Greek islands, soaking up Greek culture, and enjoying Greece's wonderful Mediterranean cuisine.
Greece is much more than what we are taught at school, or the predictable summer image of glorious sunsets and sandy beaches.
In Greece, you are standing at a crossroads of cultures, colors and civilizations, you feel the strength of history and the...
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 Olympia Xenia S.A. Extra Virgin Oliveoil & Olives
The Ancient Stadium in Olympia Greece, where the first Olympic games were staged in 776 B.C
According to mythology the olive tree was brought in Greece from Goddess Athena which also taught the Greeks its cultivation.
OLYMPIA growers, in order to obtain the best oil, strive to harvest the olives just as they change colour, indicating that almost all the Oil has formed and that they are at peak flavour.
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 Guided bicycle vacation - Adventure cycling tour Greece
But ancient Olympia is just one of many sites that make this region so special.
Our base will be Olympia village and every day we will do the loop bicycle tours ranged from 50 to 70 km.
Keep in mind that railway system in Greece is not the same as in France or other EU countries.
www.ace-adventurecentre.com /new/greece/olympia.htm   (1545 words)

 Greece Travel Guides - Ancient Olympia Greece - Online Travel Guide to Greece & Greek islands - Mykonos - Santorini - ...
Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic games, which were first held here in 776 BC to honor Zeus.
The Olympic games where ceased in 393 AD after an edict issued by Theodosius the Great and were revived for the first time, after fifteen centuries in 1896 in the all-marble Stadium of Athens.
The sanctuary of Olympia spreads around the green wooded foot of the Kronion hill, where the rivers Alpheios and Cladeos meet.
www.travel-guide-greece.com /greece-guide/Olympia/Olympia.asp   (186 words)

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