On with our little tour of the garden, this dolphin fountain was made in Italy in the 1400’s. There’s suppose to be a bronze boy on top, but he’s seems to have disappeared. I noticed walking through the garden there were several pieces broken or that seem to be missing and I wonder how much of it was theft? It’s sad the people would do such things to such a beautiful place.
This path leads to a fabulous marble bench carved in relief with a scene from the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. The stone lions on the side decrease in size the closer you get to the bench to give the illusion of greater distance.
The wall that extends around the garden is embedded with various objects. Every thing from china plates to statues can be found on and it. I never would have thought of displaying my favorite china platter on a wall in the garden.
This is ‘Nike of Samothrace’, look at the incredible way her clothing drapes and flows. A masterpiece in Carrara marble.
From the small reflecting pool you can see the wonderful stone veranda that attaches to the back of the cottage. How would you like to have a back porch like that?
The Temple of Hera was the site of Olympic games and the Olympic torch was lit at the alter of Hera. In 1996 the Olympic Flame originated at the Temple of Hera at Olympia and found its way to the only full scale replica in the world of the ruins to light the cauldron on its way to the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. I’m told it continued to burn until the end of the games.