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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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  • We visited the site as part of the €30 combined ticket (gets you access to 7 sites). The site is sparse and only a few columns remain so you need a lot of imagination to envisage what the site would.....  more
    We visited the site as part of the €30 combined ticket (gets you access to 7 sites). The site is sparse and only a few columns remain so you need a lot of imagination to envisage what the site would.....  more »
  • We visited to make the most of our multi site ticket, and I agree with other reviewers that it wouldn’t be worth the admission otherwise. After seeing the other sites, it was a little disappointing... 
    We visited to make the most of our multi site ticket, and I agree with other reviewers that it wouldn’t be worth the admission otherwise. After seeing the other sites, it was a little disappointing...  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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