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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  • 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.
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  • 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

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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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