Ancient Olympia is one of the leading archaeological area in Greece. It is a natural beauty spot between two rivers, the Alpheios & the Kladeos. Olympia was never a town. It was simply a locality where, from the year 776 B.C. to 393 A.D., the Olympic Games were held every four years, in honor of the god Zeus. In NW Peloponnese, at the confluence of Alpheios & Kladeos Rivers, Olympia sits in a fertile pastoral region surrounded by wooded rolling hills. The sanctuary was constantly embellished during the thousand years of its existence to include temples, treasuries, bouleuterion, stadium, hippodrome, baths, dwellings for the priests & officials & accommodations for the pilgrims & athletes. There were thousands of altars, statues, decrees & votives in the temenos. The Altis or sacred grove, the temple of Hera, & the temple & altar of Zeus were the most important elements of the precinct.