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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. 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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  • the temple is under renovation, and fenced off very far, only metal scaffolding can be seen. only one column still standing can be admired. compared to the other monuments in Athens, this seemed... 
    the temple is under renovation, and fenced off very far, only metal scaffolding can be seen. only one column still standing can be admired. compared to the other monuments in Athens, this seemed...  more »
  • This is quite a large site and the temple must have been huge back in the day, judging by the size of the remaining columns. What remains today is a series of columns surrounded by scaffolding and... 
    This is quite a large site and the temple must have been huge back in the day, judging by the size of the remaining columns. What remains today is a series of columns surrounded by scaffolding and...  more »
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  • While it's the largest temple in Athens, the remains are scattered and with no clear historical tidbits. While we were there, half of the columns were under maintenance and cannot be seen. The place bears huge significance and there is great potential for it to be one of the top tourist destinations but requires some work which is still ongoing.
  • Buy tickets in advance, and if you're short on time, concentrate on the other sites. This one was probably great at some point, but now it's just a few giant colums and restoration works. I'd rather have it restored to it's former glory than walk in an empty area with nothing to see or do :/ But if you have time, you can visit it while going to the biggest park in Athens.

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