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The Sanctuary of Olympia

The Sanctuary of Olympia, or simply Olympia, was an ancient sanctuary in Elis, Greece which was famous for hosting the Olympic Games every four years and for its Temple of Zeus. The temple housed the statue of the god Zeus sculpted by Phidias c. 435 BCE which became known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. His workshop was also located within the Sanctuary.[1]

The sanctuary was built mainly out of Naxian marble.[2]

The Sanctuary of Olympia was the principal driving force of Elis' economy in the 5th century BCE,[3] attracting tourists and athletes from across Greece, the latter of whom paid to receive training for the Olympic Games.[1]


In 428 BCE, the sanctuary was visited by the Spartan misthios Kassandra, who replaced her fellow Spartan Testikles in the Olympics held that year.[1] While there, she was given a tour by her companion and friend Barnabas, who taught her about the Olympic Games.[4]




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  2. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyDiscovery Sites – Naxos Island: Naxos Banner
  3. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyElis: Elis
  4. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyBarnabas Abroad

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