Using "Olympia Back In Time" mask you can see all the famous temples and statues reconstructed. You can feel like you are part of the Ancient world when you visit Gymnasium and see right next to you ancient athletes practicing for the Olympic Games. Admire up close the 43 feet tall gold and ivory Statue of Zeus or go to the Stadium and become a spectator of an original Ancient Olympic foot Race. Discover Ancient Olympia today, the right way.
Discover the following monuments through Olympia Back In Time...
TEMPLE OF ZEUS
Discover the biggest temple in peloponnese. Wearing our mask you have the opportunity to go up high to the pediment and have a closer look of the statues in their original form (the remains of these statues can be found in the main room of the museum). You can also go inside the temple and be amazed by the 43 ft tall gold and ivory statue of Zeus.
TEMPLE OF HERA
View the most archaic temple of Olympia. It was unique for it's dimensions (shorter and wider than usual). Also interesting was that every column was different from each other. In the stadium women were also having their own Olympic running event dedicated to Hera but the distance was shorter. Today you can see in the Stadium the starting line of women and a few feet further the starting line of men.
Admire this beautiful fountain but also learn about it's very important task. During the Ancient Olympic Games 40,000 people were in Olympia under the hot sun of the summer and the water wasn't enough for all those visitors. Nymphaeum was the solution, water was flowing from a spring 2 miles away leading to Nymphaeum and through pipes to different parts of Olympia.
View the only circular building in Olympia. It was dedicated to Zeus from Philip the second (father of Alexander the Great) for his victory at the battle of Chaeronea. Unfortunately Philip passed away before it's completion so the monument completed by his son Alexander the Great.
Go inside and see drawings of ancient artists. Talk and listen to your voice with an echo repeating almost 7 times, that's why it was also called Eptahxos (Epta=seven , hxos=sound)
THE STATUE OF NIKE
Go 40 ft up high to see the magnificent statue of Nike. The inscription says, it was dedicated by the Messenians and Naupaktians, after the victory against their enemies. They are not naming the enemies because they were afraid of them but everyone knew they were referring to Spartans. Every Spartan visiting Olympia for the Olympic Games was feeling ashamed when looking at this statue.
Zanes is the plural of Zeus. Multiple statues of Zeus were placed along the entrance of the Stadium. One for every athlete that cheated in the Olympic Games with his name inscribed on the base of it. It was the worst disgrace.
Visit this place to find out where athletes from all over Greece were practicing for a month before the beginning of the Olympic Games. Wearing our mask you will immediately find yourself between these athletes and watch them practicing.
Visit the place where wrestlers were practicing but watch also athletes practicing in the most brutal sport of the ancient times... Boxing! Wraping their fists with leather straps , the punches where so painful that many athletes had lost their lives from the injuries.
Visit the monument were the statue of Zeus first created. It was exactly the same in dimensions with the cella (the main room) of the Temple of Zeus because Phidias wanted to be sure that it will fit perfectly later in there. With a technique of soaking the ivory sheets in hot liquid he could mold them in any shape. Mold remains can be found today in the museum.
Pelopion was the tomb of Pelops. Pelops was a great hero and an important figure on the east pediment of the temple of Zeus. Peloponnese took the name after him, it means Pelops island.
Visit The Stadium and become a spectator of an original ancient Olympic foot race.Standing next to the finish line you can watch the race and the judge declaring the winner of the 192m foot race.