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Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

Monument · Hidden Gem · Ruin
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 went here on a Sunday morning in mid October during covid restrictions, and is was almost deserted. The ruins are really good to have a look around. When we were there, the Temple of Apollon...  more »
  • Again, closed. Due to the Covid 19 restrictions in place in early March 2020, you couldnt access the internal grounds to see it. However, when down by Hadrian's arch, you can get a great view of this....  more »
  • We came here largely as we had the combined Acropolis ticket and our hotel was pretty local. I had quite high expectations as the ruins look really grand from the outside and there seemed to be quite....  more »
  • Spectacular but busy (very busy) and whilst the trek to it isn't particularly difficult in itself, it is made so by the crowds and sketchy marble flagstones which are quite polished. Don't expect to get a view without hundreds of other tourists around you ?
  • This is not a particularly expansive site, and it's not possible to get as close to the temple as it was in bygone times, however it still represents a great opportunity to get quite close up to these large Grecian pillars, marvel at their size and consider the feat of erecting them in the first place. Virtually on the same location is Hadrian's Arch.
  • Simple structure yet such a powerful history behind it. One of the best and most photographed place. You could spend hours here. And the icing on the cake is when you are welcomed by RAIN!
  • Less crowded than the Parthenon and you can finally take pictures without tonnes of tourists getting into your shots. But there are very few signs to explain what you're looking at so I guess you may need a guide if you're a history buff.
  • 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.

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