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When you visit the archaeological site of Olympia, you might want to check out the site that's identified as the "workshop of Pheidias," the famous artist and sculptor from the 5th century BCE whose 12m tall statue of Zeus was one of the wonders of the ancient world.

 

When you walk in, you won't see anything that looks like a workshop, because the site was turned into a church in the fifth century CE. Here we are looking east towards the sanctuary, the apse now fills in what used to be the ancient entrance. The marble screen dividing the sanctuary from the nave is still intact. To the left you can make out the steps of the ambo where the readings would be proclaimed.

 

Two inscriptions found on the site remember two lectors, Kyriakos and Andreas, who were also patrons of the church's marble decoration.

 

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