What remains standing today of Temple of Olympian Zeus serves as a testament to the grandeur of ancient Greek architecture. Built over several years and completed in 456 BCE, the temple was dedicated to Zeus, the king of the Olympian gods. Badly damaged by both fire and earthquakes, much of the temple is in ruins, but some columns still stand. At 10.5 m tall (34.4 ft) and 2.25 m (7.4 ft) in diameter, the columns were built of local limestone and covered in white stucco. Admission is included in the ticket to the nearby Acropolis. PutTemple of Olympian Zeus into our Athens day trip planning tool and find out whats close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Temple of Olympian Zeus Reviews
This temple, built on the site of a temple from 6th century BC, was completed in 131 AD. What remains today are 13 of the columns comprising the southeast corner of the temple. The 15 columns that... more »
This is a temple no more and now only comprises of six pillars at one end and two at the other with another crushed on the ground having fallen over. They are in vast grounds which makes it easy for..... more »
This is a pretty simple site, with just a few massive monumental columns of the old temple left standing and one fallen. You can see most of it from outside, but to really get a sense of its scale you need to get up close. It's a great place to get a combination ticket for the Acropolis and other sites as there's hardly ever a queue here.
The temple of Zeus is a magnificent ruin of an ancient temple. The details on the pillars and just their sheer size is astonishing. If you like ancient temples, this is a sure visit. The admission fee isnt too high, but its something to keep in mind.
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