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Temple of Olympian Zeus

  • Vasilissis Olgas 1 Map It
  • Makriygianni
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 12/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Begun in the 6th century BC, this gigantic temple was completed in AD 132 by Hadrian, who also commissioned a huge gold-and-ivory statue of Zeus for the inner chamber and another, only slightly smaller, of himself. Only 15 of the original Corinthian columns remain, but standing next to them may inspire a sense of awe at their bulk, which is softened by the graceful carving on the acanthus-leaf capitals. The clearly defined segments of a column blown down in 1852 give you an idea of the method used in its construction. The site is floodlighted on summer evenings, creating a majestic scene when you turn round the bend from Syngrou Ave. On the outskirts of the site to the north are remains of Roman houses, the city walls, and a Roman bath. Hellenic "neopagans" also use the site for ceremonies. Hadrian's Arch lies just outside the enclosed archaological site.

Sight Information


Vasilissis Olgas 1, Athens, Attica, 10557, Greece

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Sight Details:

  • €2; €12 joint ticket for all Unification of Archaeological Sites
  • Daily 8–8

Published 12/18/2015


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