It was fitting that Zeus, the King of the Greek Gods and more importantly the weather, mixed some rain and sunshine to create a magnificent rainbow. One of the most magnificent temples every built was dedicated to him in Ολυμπία, or Olympia, Greece. It was considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The round temple had a large ivory and gold statue of Zeus.
The Archeological sight of Olympia is found outside the port town of Κατάκολο, or Katakolon, Greece. The site was one of the most important religious centers of ancient Greece with its power and influence felt throughout the Greek world. There were temples dedicated to all the prominent Greek gods and goddess in Olympia. Remains of these temples can still be found on the grounds. But the site is perhaps most famous for the athletic contests that were held here every four years.
Some of the foundations of the temples have seashells embedded in them. You can also read ancient Greek text engraved in the stones throughout the complex.
At the site, there are drawings describing how the site appeared thousands of years ago. Below is a then and now capture of the monumental Nymphaion fountain. The fountain was built nearly 2,000 years ago to provide drinking water to those who gathered to watch the games. The niches above the fountain were adorned with statues including the donor of the fountain Herodes Atticus.
The city is famous for the games. Even in modern times the torch begins here before heading off to the host city. There is one tradition that everyone who visits must experience. Walking under the arch leads to the stadium. Here people of all ages run the 600 foot long length of the ancient stadium. Everyone who runs is an Olympian here at the true home of the games–Olympia!