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  • Address: Corner of Amalias & Vassilisis Olgas
  • Hours: Open daily 8am - 5pm
  • Admission: Acropolis admission: € 12

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Temple of Olympian Zeus

The Temple of Olympian Zeus (or Olympieio) has been a ruin almost since it was built. The Athenian rulers who began its construction in the 6th century BC set out to build the greatest temple in the world, but it was not actually finished until about the 2nd century AD (over 600 years late!) by the Roman emperor Hadrian. By then it was the largest temple in Greece, bigger than the Parthenon. In the 3rd century AD it was looted by barbarians and its glory days were over. Since then it has slowly fallen into ruin.

The temple was dedicated to the worship of Zeus, king of the gods of Mount Olympus, and once contained a massive statue of the god. Of this, there is no trace and only fifteen of its original 104 columns still stand. Over the centuries much of its marble has been recycled or stolen for other temples, or perhaps, over the centuries, a bit of garden paving.

Practical Info

The Temple of Olympian Zeus stands close to the base of the Acropolis. Nearest metro is Akropoli. It is also an easy walk from Syntagma Square, passing by the National Gardens.

Tours & Tickets

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Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Combine the sights of modern Athens with sites of historical importance on a 3.5-hour morning or afternoon tour by luxury coach. With an expert guide on hand ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: Varies
3.5 - 5 hours

From USD $59.41

City Sightseeing Athens Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Experience the essential things to do in Athens aboard this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour. You'll see all the historical and modern sights of Athens ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 1.5 hours
Ticket is valid for 24 hours plus one day free from time of first use

From USD $19.44

Private Walking Tour: Best of Athens

Experience the best Athens has to offer on this three-hour private walking tour. From the famous pom pom wearing Presidential guards at the House of ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.81

Best Private Walking Tour: Benaki Museum

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Visit Greece's finest private museum on this 3-hour private walking tour from Athens. The museum contains the vast collection of Antonis Benakis, accumulated ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.81

Athens: 3-Hour Discover the City by Bike Tour

Cycle through historical paths and unique routes, and discover ancient and modern Athens in a 3-hour bike tour. See the columns of the original Temple of ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.21

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