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Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

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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 what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We would not have visited if it wasn’t included in the Athens combo ticket price. The views are as good from outside and most of the temple is under renovation and covered in scaffolding. 
    We would not have visited if it wasn’t included in the Athens combo ticket price. The views are as good from outside and most of the temple is under renovation and covered in scaffolding.  more »
  • There is some construction going on in this area however you can still see some of the original columns. Some are standing and some are laying down. 
    There is some construction going on in this area however you can still see some of the original columns. Some are standing and some are laying down.  more »
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  • Since my last visit 5 years ago access had been restricted to half the site. So, much of the interesting archeology was unreachable. However, it was great to see huge efforts going into preserving this one of a kind monument.
  • The beauty of the ancient history of this city is astonishing. It's difficult to realize that monuments like this have thousands of years of history and are still standing. Surely impressive for someone who passes by especially the first time.

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