Ancient Olympia Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, is one of the best-known archeological sites of ancient Greece. Ancient Olympia was a sanctuary associated with games and the worship of the gods. Olympia is situated in a valley of Ilias, by the foot of Mt. Kronos, in western Peloponnese. Visitors today can discover Zeus' sacred place at the Archaeological Site, the Archaeological Museum, the museum of Ancient Olympic Games and the Museum of modern Olympic Games.
Olympia is the place where the very first Olympic Games were organized. These Games were held in honour of Zeus, once every four years, as part of a religious festival. They were greatly respected and even had the power to suspend wars for a period of three months.
In the beginning these games had a local character and only Greeks from the area of Olympia could take part. Over time, however, they got a Pan-Hellenic character and Greeks from all over the then known Greek world would travel to Olympia in order to be part of this feast. The highest moral award for an Olympic winner was a wreath made out of the branches of a wild olive tree. Victory symbolized by a wreath meant rather more than sponsors, deals and advertising campaigns. The Olympic winners won immortal fame.