One of the most memorable monuments of ancient Olympia
. The altar was made almost entirely from the ashes
sacrificed to the Greek god
Zeus during the Ancient Olympian Games
. It is estimated to have grown to almost 7 metres in height. The mound of ashes was built upon an elliptical base, and a staircase was formed in the side of the altar to allow priest
s to climb to the top. Here they
would perform the sacrifice
of one hundred bull
s in Zeus
The altar was situated to the east of the Pelopeion (area dedicated to the hero Pelops), vaguely in the centre of the Altis (main arena). This spot marked the place where Zeus was said to have struck his thunderbolt when laying claim to Olympia.
See also: Statue of Zeus at Olympia
1more accurately, the ashes of animals' thighs.