Wednesday, January 8, 2014

In The Altis Of Olympia

On our trip in Greece we stoped in Olympia for a few days. The circular structure pictured is the Philippeion.

The Philippeion in the Altis of Olympia was an Ionic circular memorial of ivory and gold, which contained statues of Philip's family, Alexander the Great, Olympias, Amyntas III and Eurydice I. It was made by the Athenian sculptor Leochares in celebration of Philip's victory at the battle of Chaeronea (338 BC). It was the only structure inside the Altis dedicated to a human. The temple consisted of an outer colonnade of Ionic order with 18 columns. Inside, it had nine engaged columns of the lavishly- designed Corinthian order.It had a diameter of 15 metres. The Tholos was made out of limestone.