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Παρασκευή, 6 Απριλίου 2012

The Archaeological Museum of Olympia


Administrative Information


Official Unit:7th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities
Ancient Olympia, Τ.Κ. 27 065, Olympia (Prefecture of Ilia)
Telephone: +30 26240 22742
Tickets
Full: €6, Reduced: €3
Special ticket package: Full: €9, Reduced: €5
Valid for: Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Olympia

Free admission days
Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September (when the first Sunday is holiday, then the second is the free admission day.)
27 September, International Tourism Day

Reduced admission for:
Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65
Students from countries outside the E.U.


Free admission for:
Journalists
Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS
Persons possessing a free admission card
Persons under 19
Soldiers carrying out their military service
Tour guides
University students from Greece and the E.U.
Open

Winter: From the 1st of November until the 31 of March: 8:30-15:00
On Mondays: 10:30 - 17:00
(Last Updated: 2 Dec 2011)

Holidays

1 January
25 March
Good Friday: 12.00 - 17.00
1 May
Easter Sunday
25 December
26 December
more information and photo  

http://www.olympia-greece.org/museum.html
http://hellenicperiod.blogspot.com/2010/08/ancient-olympia-museum.html
 
Greece, Peloponnesos, Elis, Olympia Museum, Lapith women
From the west end of the Temple of Zeus, pedimental sculpture, 5th century BC. depicting the fight between the Lapiths and the Centaurs. Here, two Lapith women look on, originally confined by the corner of the pediment.
 Greece, Peloponnesos, Elis, Olympia Museum, Nike of Paionios
Even a fragmentary faceless reconstructed statue has a beauty. This is the statue of Victory (Nike) the work of Paionios of Mende in the Greek Chalkidike peninsula, c. 420 BC. The inscription on the pedestal also mentions that it was a votive offering made by the Messenians and the Naupaktians (from Naupaktos, also known as Lepanto).
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LH IIIC Four-handled amphora, Trypes (Olympia) 
Four-handled amphora
Trypes (Olympia), Chamber Tomb A
LH IIIC Late
Olympia, Archaeological Museum inv. Π 561


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LH IIIC Kernos from Trypes
Kernos
Trypes, Olympia, Chamber Tomb E
LH IIIC Middle
Olympia, Archaeological Museum inv. Π 631

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LH IIIC Jug from Olympia Jug
Olympia, Kladeos (chance find)
LH IIIC
Olympia, Archaeological Museum inv. Π 309
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LH IIIC Four-handled amphoriskos from Trypes
Four-handled amphoriskos
Trypes, Olympia, Chamber Tomb Δ
LH IIIC
Olympia, Archaeological Museum inv. Π 597
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LH IIIC Late tripod pyxis, Trypes
Tripod pyxis
Trypes, Olympia, Chamber tomb Δ
LH IIIC Late
Olympia, Archaeological Museum inv. Π 592 
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LH IIIC Lidded pitcher from Trypes
Lidded pitcher
Trypes, Olympia, destroyed chamber tomb
LH IIIC
Olympia, Archaeological Museum inv. Π 354
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LH IIIC Stirrup Jar, Trypes
Stirrup jar
Trypes, Olympia, Chamber tomb A
LH IIIC
Olympia, Archaeological Museum inv. Π 563
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Templo de Hera 
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Hermes de Praxíteles
340-330 a.C
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Templo de Zeus 
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Templo de Zeus
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Hermes de Praxíteles
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Ornaments Temple of Zeus
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Olimpia: Museo Archeologico
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olympia museum/western pediment
The sculptured ornaments from the Temple of Zeus.
There were 42 figures decorating the 2 pediments of the temple, 12 metopes and the lion-headed water spouts running along the lengths of the temple. It is one of the best surviving ensembles from ancient Greek works of art. They belong to the "austere style" and date to the 1st half of the 5th century B.C.
The eastern pediment depicts the chariot race between Pelops and Oinomaos, and the central figure which dominates the work is of Zeus. The western pediment depicts the abduction of the Lapith women by Centaurs, and has Apollo as its central figure. The metopes bear the relief representation of Hercules' labours. These sculptures were made during the 5th century B.C.
As you can see there are in much better shape thtan the ones from the Parthenon in Acropolis.
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Shield
 The Archaeological Museum of Olympia, one of the most important museums in Greece, presents the long history of the most celebrated sanctuary of antiquity, the sanctuary of Zeus, father of both gods and men, where the Olympic games were born. The museum's permanent exhibition contains finds from the excavations in the sacred precinct of the Altis dating from prehistoric times to the Early Christian period. Among the many precious exhibits the sculpture collection, for which the museum is most famous, the bronze collection, the richest collection of its type in the world, and the large terracottas collection, are especially noteworthy.


The museum building comprises exhibition rooms, auxiliary spaces and storerooms. The vestibule and twelve exhibition rooms contain objects excavated in the Altis. The auxiliary spaces (lavatories) are located in the museum's east wing; a separate building between the museum and the archaeological site houses a book and souvenir shop. Finally, part of the east wing and the basement are dedicated to storage and conservation of terracottas, bronze, stone, mosaics and minor objects.

The Archaeological Museum of Olympia, supervised by the Seventh Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, was reorganized in 2004 to meet modern museological standards.

Among the most important exhibits of the museum are

The sculptured ornaments from the Temple of Zeus.


There were 42 figures decorating the 2 pediments of the temple, 12 metopes and the lion-headed water spouts running along the lengths of the temple. It is one of the best surviving ensembles from ancient Greek works of art. They belong to the "austere style" and date to the 1st half of the 5th century B.C.

The eastern pediment depicts the chariot race between Pelops and Oinomaos, and the central figure which dominates the work is of Zeus. The western pediment depicts the abduction of the Lapith women by Centaurs, and has Apollo as its central figure. The metopes bear the relief representation of Hercules' labours. These sculptures were made during the 5th century B.C.

Hermes of Praxiteles

One of the masterpieces of ancient Greek art. Hermes, as Pausanias informs us, is depicted carrying the infant Dionysos. Made from Parian marble it stands 2,10m in height. It is thought to be an original of the great sculptor and it is dated to ca. 330 B.C.

Nike of Paionios

The statue depicts a winged woman. An inscription on the base states that the statue was dedicated by the Messenians and the Naupactians for their victory against the Lacedaemonians (Spartans), in the Archidamian (Peloponnesian) war prabably in 421 B.C. It is the work of the sculptor Paionios of Mende in Chalkidiki, who also made the acroteria of the Temple of Zeus.

Nike, cut from Parian marble, has a height of 2,115m, but with the tips of her (now broken) wings would have reached 3m. In its completed form, the monument with its triangular base (8,81m high) would have stood at the height of 10,92m. giving the impression of Nike triumphantly descending from Olympos. It dates from 421 B.C.

Zeus and Ganymedes

A terracotta statuette depicting Zeus carrying off young Ganymedes. Probably an acroterion of a temple, dated to 480-470 B.C.

Bronze breast-plate with incised decoration.

On its lower part there is an engraved scene of Zeus and Apollo with his 'kithara', while other figures are also represented. Probably the work of an island bronze-smith around the dates of 650-625 B.C.

Museum number M394.

The Helmet of Miltiades

Dedication by Miltiades, as the inscription informs us "Miltiades dedicates to Zeus". It is the same helmet worn by the Athenian general in the battle of Marathon, where he defeated the Persians, and thus offered it to Zeus as a sign of gratitude.

Bronze battering-ram

The only surviving besieging instrument of its kind from Antiquity. On all sides of the battering-ram there are symbolic depictions of rams heads, from where indeed it got its name. 5th century B.C.

Museum number B2360.

Bronze horse

It is dated in the transition between the Geometric to the Archaic period. It is unique for its monumentality on comparison with the small scale of other artefacts from the Geometric period.

Museum number B1741.

The collections are displayed in a modern way. A chronological order, easy to understand information panels and subtle lighting, make visiting a museum in Ancient Olympia an enjoyable family event.

Museum Telephone +30-26240-22.529
















incredible work from Latsis Foundation 

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