this is an exact replica (with the exception of the pool of water) of the temple of hera at olympia, site of the ancient olympic games. just as it did in ancient times, the lighting of the olympic torch takes place at the altar of hera, located in front of the temple, a short distance from the olympic stadium. the temple of hera, is the best example of the transition between the earliest wooden temples and their successors, constructed of stone. the temple’s original wooden elements dating from the 8th century b.c. were replaced with stone ones over a period of many years. finally destroyed by an earthquake, the greek temple was partially rebuilt in 1874 and now appears in the exact state of restoration, which you see at jasmine hill.