Archaeological Site of Olympia World Heritage Site

Official name
Archaeological Site of Olympia | UNESCO
Country
Greece
Continent
Europe
Location
Prefecture of Ilia, Region of West Greece in the Western Peloponnese
37.6500° Lat, 21.6666° Lon
Code
517
Time Zone
Europe/Athens, EEST +0300
Current Time
Category
Cultural
Description
Inscribed 1989. The site of Olympia, in a valley in the Peloponnesus, has been inhabited since prehistoric times. In the 10th century B.C., Olympia became a centre for the worship of Zeus. The Altis – the sanctuary to the gods – has one of the highest concentrations of masterpieces from the ancient Greek world. In addition to temples, there are the remains of all the sports structures erected for the Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia every four years beginning in 776 B.C.