After visiting the ancient site, we make a tour of the Archaeological Museum of Olympia. Already build in 1882 to exhibit finds from the surrounding archaeological sites, it was the first museum outside Athens.
In 1975 one set up a new building, renovated in 2003 with high-quality materials. It is one of the most important museums in Greece. The exhibition halls are arranged chronologically in a clockwise direction.
We start our tour with the models of the Pelopion, the first sanctuary. Followed up to 4000 years old figures and weapons, usually made of bronze.
Architectural relics, like the pediment of the Treasure House of Megara, or the east and west pediment of the Temple of Zeus, witness the earlier artful design of the buildings.
We see models and an illustration of a reconstruction of the Statue of Zeus that brings the past back to life. Once the statue had hair and robes covered with gold and a skin made of ivory.
The statues of Nike of Paionios and Hermes of Praxiteles witness the perfection of Greek sculpture.
A highlight in the Roman hall is the bull from the Nymphaeum of Herodes Atticus, a consul, and patron of the arts.
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