Also known as the Olympeion, THE TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS is located on Amalias Avenue about 500 meters south-east of the Acropolis.
The Temple was built of marble from Mount Pentelus. It consisted of 104 Corinthean columns, each 17 meters high. Only 15 of these columns remain standing today.
This is the Temple of Zeus with the Acopolis sitting in the distance.
Fondest memory: This location has a lot to offer. Arches and temples and Roman baths remains......
You can see stones with numbers on them which date so long ago. I stayed there for hours just trying to let the history sink in.
There was a location where they were excavating more ruins..........so I just watched them trying to be a part of it all....
The temple was finally completed by the Roman emperor Hadrian in 124-125 AD. A colossal statue was inside this largest temple of ancient Greece, which was surrounded by 104 corinthian columns (17 m tall). It was 96 m length...
You can also see at this archaeological site the ruins of other temples, roman baths, even gates of the city wall of Themistocles...
One of the most important monuments
Fondest memory: Temple of Zeus Olympios. It was tripteral octastyle on the two narrow sides, and dipteral eikosastyle on the long sides, that is, it was surrounded by 104 Corinthian columns in total. Inside the building, along the north and south walls, there was an additional Ionic colonnade. The temple was built between A.D. 124 and 132.
Temple of Olympian Zeus
This is the largest temple in Greece and took over 700 years to build. (unbelievable!!)
There were 104 Corinthian columns (17m high with a base diameter of 1.7m), of which only 15 remain today. (Such stories are everywhere in Athens.)
It's said one fallen column was blown down in a gale!! What a terrible gale!! Then what will happen if there's an earthquake? Even if only a slight one. :-)
Fondest memory: The granduer of these old temples is something you should not miss. Take a refresher course in Greek mythology before going, it will give you a different perspective when seeing these ruins.
Dont try this at home...
It was 40 degrees and the sun was just over our heads, and there were some of those antique ruins.
Guess how I felt?