Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

4.2
#6 of 48 in Historic Sites in Athens
Ruin Monument
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. By using our Athens trip itinerary builder, you can arrange your visit to Temple of Olympian Zeus and other attractions in Athens.
Create an itinerary including Temple of Olympian Zeus
map
Related Tours to Book
View more tours
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
2,869 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • August 17, 2017
    Covered by your acropolis ticket! No toilets, but a vending machine to buy water. Big open space with the remains of the temple of Zeus... and some additional ruins. You can view Hadrian Arch for free...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This is what's left of a big temple it's easy to get to, tip get there early and it's a good walk, you could see it in less than a hour, bathrooms near the main gates, very good site for pictures, bus...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The monument is very impressive from the road. It is possible to pay the valid pass 5 days including the main monuments of Athens. However, I expect more explanation and reading within the area because the place is paid.
    View original
Google
  • July 6, 2017
    It's surreal and such a historical place with full of histories and events in the past. Last but not least, if you come here before you go to Parthenon, then get the package deal which is €30 and it is good for Parthenon as well as Agora site. It is worth it.
  • July 10, 2017
    Very impressive site of an ancient Greek temple and also some interesting history in the neighbouring Roman baths. They could improve the illustrations of what the site would have originally looked like.
  • June 15, 2017
    This temple is very impressive. The sheer scale of the architectural design is very impressive. There is a good view of the Acropolis from here.
  • May 6, 2017
    A beautiful unfinished construction. Great to see. Won't take long time. But you can relax there and imagine the glorious past. Have WC facility.
  • July 1, 2017
    Just the scale of this is inspiring, make sure you get the €30 ticket that covers entry to all ancient monuments, it seems a lot but is well worth it

Plan your trip to Athens

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Athens

If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Athens by other users

38 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Greece BY A USER FROM CANADA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 56 days in Europe BY A USER FROM MEXICO May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 10 days in Greece BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Greece & Egypt BY A USER FROM GREECE October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Greece BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 36 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 36 days in Italy, Greece & Germany BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Greece BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Athens BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Greece SEE PLAN June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans