Olympia, a city of ancient Greece in Ilia region, is celebrated as the place of the Olympic Games in classical times. Olympia hosted the gold and ivory statue of Zeus by Phidias, which was known in antiquity as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Olympic Games were initiated in 776 BC and were held every four years. Nowadays, the ceremony of the lighting of the Olympic Flame takes place in Olympia.
The Archaeological Museum of Olympia is one of the most important museums in Greece, home to archeological artifacts found in the archaeological site of Olympia. The collection of sculptures is perhaps the most significant among the impressive exhibits, together with the collection of bronzes, one of the richest in the world, including weapons, statuettes and other objects, and the large scale terracottas. The statue of Hermes by Praxiteles certainly stands out among notable exhibits.