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Leonidaion (1)
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View looking south at the northwestern corner of the massive complex called the Leonidaion.  It was constructed about 350 B.C. by “Leonides son of Leotes, the man from Naxos [an island in the Aegean Sea].”  Note the walkways and the column bases. 

This, almost square, complex was composed of a series of colonnades and rooms that surrounded a central pool area.  It served as a hostel for officials and other elite visitors to the games.  Most visitors to the games resided in tents set up in the surrounding countryside.

To see the Leonidaion on a map of Olympia Click Here.

For a description of Olympia and a map Click Here.