Olympia: Ruins of Nymphaion (Exedra of Herodes Atticus)

Ruins of Nymphaion (Nymphaeum) in Olympia, Greece

Ruins of Nymphaion (Nymphaeum) in Olympia, Greece

Ruins of Nymphaion
Located near the Temple of Hera, Nymphaion (also known as the Exedra of Herodes Atticus) was a magnificent two-story semi-circular building with a fountain in front. It was built in 150 CE by Herodes Atticus, a Greek aristocrat who became a Roman senator, to honor of his wife Regilla.

There were two circular Naiskos (small shrines) at the ends of the building. Placed inside the niches on the walls of this building were the statues of Roman emperors, including Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, Antoninus Pius, and Herodes Atticus and his family members.

The image shows the ruins of the semi-circular building and one of the circular Naiskos.

Related Pages
Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, Crete, Greek Islands, Greece
Minoan Civilization, Mycenaean Civilization

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