Olympia is an ancient site on Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula that hosted the original Olympic Games, founded in the 8th century B.C. Its extensive ruins include athletic training areas, a stadium and temples dedicated to the gods Hera and Zeus. The Archaeological Museum of Olympia exhibits finds from the site, including a statue of Hermes attributed to the sculptor Praxiteles. Olympia was also home to one of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Golden Statue of Zeus at Olympia, which was transferred to Constantinople and was eventually destroyed in a fire.
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