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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  • The Corinthian columns remain witness to the greatness of the temple, which in Roman times was the largest in the world. The afternoon light makes very interesting photos with the backdrop of the Acropolis Hill and the Arch of Hadrian
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  • Temple of Olympian Zeus, also known as the Columns of the Olympian Zeus, is a former colossal temple at the center of Athens. It's construction began in the 6th century BC but it was not completed unt...  more »
  • We were driving around Athens when we saw this structure, a short distance off the street, It is a skeleton of the original structure and has pillars still standing, as well as some on the ground. Unl...  more »
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  • Not expensive to enter and can view from the outside Can buy multiple site location tickets at booth No shade close to ruins some limited seating Drink machines with low cost water etc available at entrance Other ruins inside that cant be seen from outside Very little maintenance has been carried out on signage pathways or roped off areas. Some ruins exposed and people walking on them Very little information provided for people to read A lot more could be done to improve the whole experience given it is such an important part of history
  • An impressive site to see. Until you are actually there you do not appreciate the enormity of the stone columns. They are huge in size and tower above you like a modern tower block. The man power to do those thousands of years ago must have been immense. Very much worth the visit!!!
  • This was a spectacular site. We arrived around 0930 in the morning and there were only a handful of people at the site already. The site offers several benches the have great views of the ancient Temple. At the gate is a small gift shop, as well as a vending machine. Price for a water at the time was €0.5 for 500ml?. It is also close to bus and tram stops if you do t want to walk very far.
  • The actual place is empty. There is only the runes of the temple that are really impressive. If you paid the discovery package you definitely take a look. You have a noce view of the Acropolis out there. Its so sad that the temple was never finished. If you want to stay there for a bit, don’t forget your sunscreen because there’s no trees out there.the big plus is that there practically no tourists out there so that’s the best place to relax and have a nice view!
  • Such a beautiful and imposing archaeological site! The entry fee is 6 euros but be sure to buy the multi-site 30 euro ticket to get the most out of all the sites. You will end up seeing way more than the 30 euros you paid for!
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