To the west, close to the banks of the Kladeos
River, is the Palaestra where athletes were privileged to exercise and take
final training for the Games. Today one can wander in and out of the ruins of
those buildings; and can sit where athletes disrobed oiled and washed
themselves; and walk where they practiced.
Square building with inner
central court surrounded by colonnade and enclosed by roofed areas
sectioned off into special rooms for undressing, anointing the body with oil
, powdering it with dust ("conisterion"), baths etc. It was
training area for practice in wrestling, boxing and jumping.