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



The biggest building in Olympia was located at outer side of the Altis' enclosure, southwest of the temple of Zeus. The building was named Leonidaion and was built in 330 BC financed by Leonidas of Naxos as residence for the official guests of the shrine. It had a square ground plan measuring 75x81m. with two entrances at the north and south side and four outer stoas, one at each side with 138 columns of Ionic order in total. Inside the building there was a yard with a peristyle consisting of 44 columns of Doric order. During the Roman period the building was thoroughly damaged in a fire. Under Hadrian's reign the building was fully renovated and remodeled into a luxurious mansion with a garden with islets and channels