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  • Address: Corner of Amalias & Vassilisis Olgas, Athens, Greece
  • 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.

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Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour, Athens, null
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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 $60.03
Full-Day Tour of Athens, Acropolis and Cape Sounion with Lunch, Athens, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Full-Day Tour of Athens, Acropolis and Cape Sounion with Lunch

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Accompanied by a local guide, enjoy the striking contrasts of Athens between the ancient and the modern. Visit the Acropolis, the glory of ancient Athens, as ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.05
Private Tour: Half day Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum, Athens, Full-day Tours
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Private Tour: Half day Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum

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Take a private tour of the ancient city of Athens with a personal guide. You will visit the Acropolis, icon of Athens perched on its plateau, and walk to ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.23
Private Tour: Highlights of Athens with Acropolis of Athens and Lunch, Athens, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Private Tour: Highlights of Athens with Acropolis of Athens and Lunch

Explore Athens with a private guide on a 6 hour tour and discover the UNESCO listed Acropolis of Athens, Temple of Zeus, Panathenian Stadium and more! After ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $163.71
Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour, Athens, Ancient Rome Tours
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Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour

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History & Myth meet in Athens! Discover the greatest landmarks of Athens & their surrounding myths! Enjoy a unique mythological tour, suitable for all ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.03
Athens Private Full-Day Tour, Athens, Walking Tours
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Athens Private Full-Day Tour

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This 8-hour tour covers all the must-see attractions when in Athens. It includes the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the Archaeological Museum, Temple of ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $512.96
Half-Day Private Taxi Service: Historical Athens City Tour, Athens, City Tours
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Half-Day Private Taxi Service: Historical Athens City Tour

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Tour in the heart of Athens. Visit the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, Greek parliament, Panathenaic Stadium and many more with your 4-hour private taxi and ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.11
Acropolis and City tour and the Ancient Agora and the Attalos Museum, Athens, Historical & Heritage ... 
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Acropolis and City tour and the Ancient Agora and the Attalos Museum

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The perfect combination tour including an Athens City tour, a visit to the Acropolis & all its famous monuments, as well as to the fascinating Ancient ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.94
Athens Half-Day Private Minivan Tour, Athens, Cultural Tours
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Athens Half-Day Private Minivan Tour

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Enjoy a 4-hour tour of Athens in a new Mercedes minivan with a professional driver/guide. Visit major sites of Athens, such as the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $327.42
Skip the Line: Acropolis Ancient Agora and Attalos Museum Small Group Tour, Athens, Private ... 
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Skip the Line: Acropolis Ancient Agora and Attalos Museum Small Group Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

The perfect combination tour for history buffs, including a visit to the Acropolis and all its famous monuments, as well as to the fascinating Ancient Agora ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 3 hours 27 minutes (approx.)

From USD $53.48

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