Temple of Olympian Zeus

Local nameΝαός του Ολυμπίου Διός
LocationAthens, Greece

Part of the archaeological site of the Olympeion, this temple used to be one of the greatest monuments of its age, as well as the largest temple in Greece. It was supported by 104 columns, each 17 meters tall.

Its construction started as early as the 6th century BC, under the rule of tyrant Pisistratus. Interestingly enough, it took another 8 hundred years to finish it, as the works on the temple were abandoned during the period of Greek democracy. Only under the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD were they finally brought to a close.

At this time, the temple featured two large statues: one of Zeus, the highest of Greek gods and the other of the Roman emperor.

Today, most of the temple has disappeared, either taken apart for building materials or destroyed. Only 15 of the original Corinthian columns are still standing. It is still worth a visit though if only to be able to imagine the sheer size it had to have during the peak of its glory.

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Opening hours

Closed: Jan 1, Mar 25, May 1, Easter Sunday, Dec 25 & 26.


Adults: €6
Seniors (65+), students: €3
Children (up to 18): free

Special ticket package:
Adults: €30
Seniors (65+), students: €15
Children (up to 18): free
This ticket is valid for 5 days for most of the monuments run by the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sport.

Free admission: Mar 6, Jun 5, Apr 18, May 18, the last weekend of Sep, every first Sunday from Nov 1 to Mar 31, Oct 28.

More information and contact

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Olympian_Zeus,_Athens

Official website http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/3/eh352.jsp?obj_id=2488

Phone +30 210 9226330

Address Leoforos Vasilissis Olgas 2, Athens 10557, Greece

Coordinates 37°58'9.731" N 23°43'59.145" E

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