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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Archaeological Site of Olympia, Greece

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Archaeological Site of Olympia is a World Heritage Site in the valley in the Peloponnesus, Greece. The site, which has seen human habitation going back to prehistoric times, was the centre for the worship of the Greek god Zeus (also called Jupiter).

Olympia is however perhaps best known as the site of the Olympic Games in classical times. These games are held once every Olympiad, or four years, with the earliest games dating to as early as 776 BC. The early games were held in honor of Zeus.

Within the archaeological site of Olympia is the sanctuary. Known as the Altis, it has a scattered arrangement of ruins. These ruins are regarded as some of the highest concentration of ancient Greek masterpieces.

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Archaeological Site of Olympia was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 13th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, on 11 - 15 December, 1989.

Photos of Archaeological Site of Olympia

Some of the ancient ruins of Olympia, Greece
Some of the ancient ruins of Olympia, Greece
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 37 38 60 E 21 40 0 in the Prefecture of Ilia, Region of West Greece in the Western Peloponnese
Inscription Year: 1989
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, III, IV, VI
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