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



Inside the sacred area of the Altis, north of the Philippeion and northeast of the Heraion lie the ruins of the Prytaneion. It is the first building the visitor meets as soon as one enters the site. Built in the Classical period, it functioned as the seat of the Prytaneis. They were members of the priesthood and responsible for the general running of the sanctuary and the regular sacrifices to the altars. The undying flame of Hestia burnt inside the building while cooking areas existed as well for the preparation of the banquets in honour of the Olympic victors, that took place there. Initially, the building was small but it expanded sufficiently with gradual restorations and additions.