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The archaeological site of the ancient Olympia –which was buried under the mud of the nearby riverbed, up to 1766, when it was recovered- was not thoroughly searched until the origins of the 19th century, when the German archaeologist Ernst Curtius started the excavations. Thus came to back to light a great number of treasures, including the exquisite statue of Hermes that was placed in the Temple of Hera. Your “pilgrimage” in the ancient Greek history can start from the Olympic Games Museum, where you can learn a lot about the history of the Games and the way in which they were conducted in ancient times. A new-built but beautiful pedestrian street leads from the Museum to the archaeological site. Among the many astonishing exhibits of the new Archaeological Museum, you will have the opportunity to admire the statue of Hermes sculptured by Praxiteles and the “Nike” of Paionios, as well as the numerous and beautiful bronze ornaments and items of the temple that used to be boxed up and packed in the limited spaces of the old establishments.