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Temple of Olympian Zeus (Olympieion), Athens

Temple of Olympian Zeus (Olympieion) - Athens, Greece
Temple of Olympian Zeus (Olympieion)
Leoforos Vassilissis Olgas, Athens, Greece 10557Map
+30 210 922 6330
Neighborhood: Syntagma
Overview

Begun in 515 BCE, this huge temple was dedicated to the worship of Zeus. Its perimeter included 104 Corinthian columns, with additional columns inside the building that housed a huge gold and ivory statue of Zeus. After the temple's destruction by invaders in the 4th Century CE, the marble from the ruins started to vanish as it was being used as building material for newer buildings. Nowadays, only some of the temple's columns can be seen. Their immense height is a testimony to the huge size of this sanctuary.

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Temple of Olympian Zeus (Olympieion) General Information
  • Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 08:00 AM to 07:00 PM
  • Type: Attractions & Landmarks
  • Nearest Train: Metro Line 2: Akropoli Station
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