Short description of the monuments at ancient Olympia

3D reconstructions:
Some of the most important buildings in ancient Olympia rendered in three-dimensions.

3D reconstruction of the Temple of Zeus in ancient Olympia.

Other games:
Short reference on other famous contests in ancient Greece

In the first person:
Young Ariston shares his experience in the Olympic Games

Olympic victors:
Database of the ancient Olympic victors based on each athletic event and each Olympiad

Specimen sources


Topography of Ancient Olympia



Outside the Altis, north of the Palaestra and on the eastern banks of the Alpheus river lie the ruins of the Gymnasium. It was built in the 2nd cent. BC and served as the training ground for the athletes of the javelin and the discus, as well as for the runners. It was a square building, 220 m. long and 100 m. wide and had stoas on all four sides. In the western stoa were the athletes' chambers while the eastern one had two colonnades and supposedly, was the most impressive of all. The entrance to the building was marked by a monumental propylon on the southeast corner.