The Ephorate of Antiquities of Ilia (Ef. A. Ilias) is the competent body for the management of the Archaeological site and the Museum of Olympia.


The Ephorate is a peripheral unit of the General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.

It exercises its responsibilities, according to the Archaeological Law and Regulations in the region of Ilia (Western Greece) in collaboration with the respective Directorates and authorities of the ministry. 

The Ephorate operates and manages all the archaeological sites and museums in its jurisdiction and supervises all matters related to antiquities. 

Among the Ephorate’s duties are the systematic and rescue excavations, archaeological research, study, the conservation of antiquities and the coordination – implementation of every necessary work and action for the safeguarding, studying and promoting the cultural heritage. 

The scientific staff and all employees are also responsible for organising or participating in periodic exhibitions, educational programmes, scientific lectures, seminars and conferences with topics related to antiquities and archaeology.

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