The Olympic flame

The Olympic flame is a symbol used in the Olympic movement. The idea for the Olympic flame was derived from ancient Greece, where a holy fire was kept lit throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics on the altar of the sanctuary of Hestia. The Olympic fire is ignited several months before the opening ceremony [...]

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The International Olympic Academy in Ancient Olympia

The International Olympic Academy (IOA) functions as a multicultural interdisciplinary centre that aims at studying, enriching and promoting Olympism. The IOA operates from the magnificent premises, under the ownership of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, which are situated a few hundred yards from the sacred site of Ancient Olympia. These grounds are sprawled over 900.000m2 of [...]

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Hidden treasure #2: The Sanctuary of Demeter Chamyne

The Sanctuary of Demeter Chamyne is located 150 meters east of the ancient stadium.The Sanctuary was discovered in 2006 during water supply works. The excavations brought also to light a rectangular building and many numerous finds. The finds like female terracotta figurines, terracotta figurines of cows, bulls, piglets, protomes, large scale terracotta figurines, miniature vases, [...]

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Hidden treasure #1: Coubertin Monument

Walking northeast of the Stadium at the Archaeological Site after 500 meters you will find the Monument de Coubertin, where the heart of the philhellene Pierre de Coubertin rests. Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (1 January 1863 – 2 September 1937) was a French educator and historian. Founder of the International Olympic Committee, and [...]

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A few words

Ancient Olympia is a small town in the regional unit called Ilia on the western Peloponnese peninsula in Greece. The population is about 1,300 people and the town welcomes more than 1,200,000 visitors per year. The area lies in the beautiful valley of the Alpheios river, is hilly and mountainous and the most part is [...]