Archaeological Site of Olympia

The name of the archaeological site is Olympia. Olympia is currently located in Greece. This site was added to the World Heritage List in 1989. The site meets five of the criteria required to be on the list. (i) The site was added to the list because it represents a masterpiece of human creative genius.(ii) It was also added because it exhibits an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design. (iii) It also bears a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared. (iv)It is an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates a significant time period in human history. There are 16 other Cultural or Mixed Heritage Sites located in Greece.  The property of the site is 106 ha and the buffer zone is 1458 ha. In the 10th Century B.C., Olympia became a center for the worship of Zeus. The Heraion at Olympia is the oldest peripteral temple at that site, and one of the earliest Doric temples in Greece. After the Temple of Zeus was built, an earthquake destroyed the Temple of Hera in the early 4th Century. Starting in 776 B.C. the Olympic games were held here every four years. This site brought persons from nations all around the world to one location to gather for sporting events. To see which nation was the best at that time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympia,_Greece

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/517/

 

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One Response to Archaeological Site of Olympia

  1. Megan M. says:

    Great Choice. I think that the ancient olympics only had greeks though. It wasn’t until we revitalized the event in the 1800s that it became larger.

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