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. Put Temple 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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  • The Corinthian columns remain witness to the greatness of the temple, which in Roman times was the largest in the world. The afternoon light makes very interesting photos with the backdrop of the Acropolis Hill and the Arch of Hadrian
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  • Temple of Olympian Zeus, also known as the Columns of the Olympian Zeus, is a former colossal temple at the center of Athens. It's construction began in the 6th century BC but it was not completed unt...  more »
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  • Great place to start your tour of Athenian ruins. Build up to acropolis later in the day. Good ideas to buy your tickets here, or anywhere other than the acropolis ticket office. It was quiet when we arrived here about 10:30am. The columns are imposing and you get some nice pics and feel the enormity of the ancient structure
  • This is worth visiting if you have the multi site ticket (30 euros) as the columns are gigantic. That's pretty much it. If you do not have that ticket, I suggest you just appreciate them from outside the fence since, considering their sizes, you will still have a good impression.
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