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Olympia Area in s Greece, the site of an ancient sanctuary and of the original Olympic Games. Buried by earthquakes in the 6th century ad, Olympia was not rediscovered until the 18th century. It contained some of the finest works of Classical art and architecture, including the huge temple of Zeus, which contained a giant statue of the god that was numbered among the Seven Wonders of the World.