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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. By using our Athens trip itinerary builder, you can arrange your visit to Temple of Olympian Zeus and other attractions in Athens.
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  • Large temple in the middle of town. You don't really need to buy tickets for it, you see the temple anyway. But I still think it's worth doing it. "included in the" big "ticket to the Acropolis. Great when you look behind the Arcropolis Temple (and a large busy road between)
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  • It is one of the ancient world's largest temples dedicated to the god Zeus. Built in marble is one of the most famous in that material. It is contained in the Olympian, also Roman baths, and classic residences where (all in ruins but equally valuable) entrance 12 adult euro.
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  • The history in this place is amazing and well worth the 3 euro entrance fee. Be sure to look at the other historical buildings in the site as well such as the temple of Apollo 
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  • Seeing the remains of this supposedly once great temple is very humbling, and you really get to appreciate how much work and detail went into constructing this in ancient times. There is a very large plaza surrounding it with benches scattered around. It's much less crowded than some of the other sites, which is nice
  • Unexpectedly breathtaking. When you visit the Acropolis, you expect to get the wow factor. I had no such expectations here which made it all the more special. The size, coupled with a view of the Acropolis that you don't generally see, made it one of the stand out moments of my trip to Athens.
  • It's really beautiful to see those stones standing so high, it's amazing how they still stand there, and what is more amazing is the one thy cut to pieces so you can see how they built it!
  • A must see place if you are in Athens. Better to get the 30 Euro Athens pass that covers this and other major historical sites in Athens.
  • A nice little set of ruins to look at. You can pay 6 euros to go into the site or purchase a group ticket for 30 euros to see 6 sites - go for the latter as it includes the Parthenon, which itself costs 20 euros. The temple is really just about 7 pillars (one collapsed) and you can walk around it. It doesn't sound like much, but I quite enjoyed it.