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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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.
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  • Take a tour that talks either about the history of Athens or the Greek mythology. That will explain the importance of the Temple of Zeus. Very impressive if you can find out the importance of that temple. Good spot to visit. I also recommend that you buy the €30 ticket pass for the major sites you will most likely visit during your stay. It will come out cheaper in the end and you have 5 days to visit all the included sites.
  • Visiting The Temple of Zeus is a rare experience. It’s an old monument in Ancient Greece that has preserved through thousands of years. The park is also well maintained and a really nice place to go with close family and old friends. The Ministry of Culture could do better by assigning a tour guide to explain this history since there isn’t much to see or explore by oneself.
  • Went there early November. Weather is fine and we paid €3/person to enter. There was ticket for sale €30 for most attraction places but we didn’t get them. You might need to do some homework before getting there as not much information available there.
  • This temple was dedicated to Zeus, the King of the Gods. Construction started in the 6th century BC but wasn’t completed until about 132 AD by the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Located smack dab in the center of Athens, it was the largest Corinthian temple in Greece. Its 104 columns were a massive 55 feet tall and 5 feet round! The temple was sacked, repurposed, and quarried throughout the centuries. All that’s left today are 16 columns – 15 standing and 1 collapsed on the ground. Nothing remains of the colossal statues of Zeus and Hadrian that were once here. There is a good view of the Acropolis and Hadrian’s Gate is nearby. If you’re going to be in Athens for a few days, check out the combo ticket that includes entry here.
  • Not impressed at all. I paid for the €30 pass for couple of days but I can imagine how disappointed someone would be paying €6 for this temple. Very poor explanation, better off getting a guide but again, getting a guide is luck dependent. Don’t see much of restoration like the rest of Greece. Unless you are an archeologist, don’t see why you will like this.

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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.
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