Greece: Peloponnesus - maui-mike


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The remnants of a column-lined portico in the southeast corner of the Palaestra, Olympia.

The Palaestra is part of the gymnasium at the sanctuary of Olympia. The immense (sixty-six meters long) building dates to the end of the third or beginning of the second century BC. The building itself was devoted to the training of wrestlers and other athletes who participated in the annual Olympic Games. It is centered around a large courtyard covered with sand for use as a boxing or wrestling surface. Along all four sides of the palaestra were rooms that opened onto column-lined porticoes.