Olympia, Greece is the home to the ancient olympic games. They were held at this sacred site for almost 12 centuries from 776 BC to 394 AD. In part, the olympics were to honor the Greek Gods. A 40 foot statue of Zeus known as the Temple of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world, once stood at the site.
Temple of Zeus - Today and sketch of original
The Roman emperor Theodosius I was a Christian. To promote Christianity he ordered the end of the olympics and other Pagen rituals. At this time most of the statues and other symbols of the Greek Gods were destroyed. The site underwent further destruction from earthquakes. Although the buildings lay in ruins, this was a fascinating place to visit.
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