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The Temple of Olympian Zeus (Greek: Ναός του Ολυμπίου Διός, Naos tou Olympiou Dios), also known as the Olympieion or Columns of the Olympian Zeus, is a monument of Greece and a former colossal temple at the centre of the Greek capital Athens. It was dedicated to Olympian Zeus, a name originating from his position as head of the Olympian gods. Construction began in the 6th century BC during the rule of the Athenian tyrants, who envisaged building the greatest temple in the ancient world, but it was not completed until the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD, some 638 years after the project had begun. During the Roman period the temple -that included 104 colossal columns- was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world. The temple's glory was short-lived, as it fell into disuse after being pillaged during a barbarian invasion in the 3rd century AD, just about a century after its completion. It was probably never repaired and was reduced to ruins thereafter. In the centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, it was extensively quarried for building materials to supply building projects elsewhere in the city. Despite this, a substantial part of the temple remains today, notably sixteen of the original gigantic columns, and it continues to be part of a very important archaeological site of Greece.
19 days ago
Superbly pleasant wandering around the columns with the scale this would have been a huge temple. The detailing on the columns still remain are a joy to behold. Great views of Acropolis in the distance and the buzz of the main road next door echo in the ears but partially obscured by bushes. About €3 well worth it for a half hour or so needed to experience this.
14 days ago
One of the many places with archeological interest at the historical centre of Athens. The ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to Zeus, pretty impressive and remarkable sightseeing. The visit is not a time consuming one, many good spots for photos.
2 months ago
A very interesting site! You can't really feel how tall the columns are until you go near them. Very impressive!! Fun fact. There used to be 106 of them originally but only 16 remained standing until 1852 when, during a storm, one of the columns was struck by a lightning. You can still see it on the ground, though.
14 days ago
Stunning remains of a temple, set with the Acropolis in the background. Quite a short visit if you want to pay to enter, and it's located directly next to Hadrian's Arch, so I would definitely recommend popping in for a wander around.
19 days ago
A must site to visit when you are in Athens. Not only for the picture takings but more for its historical significance. Really easy to get to, with the bus stops right at the door step. The area is also opposite to rows of shophouses selling souvenirs and trinkets. Restaurants are also plentiful. It is also near the historical museum.