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Olympieion Athens Reviews
The Temple of the Olympian Zeus ! Jan 02, 2012
The Olympeion , also know as The Temple of the Olympian Zeus is located on V.Olgas Avenue, about 500 meters (1640ft) south-east of the Acropolis and about 700 meters (2296 ft) south of Syntagma Square. Its foundations were laid on the site of an earlier temple by the tyrant Pisistratus in 515 BC but the work was abandoned when Pisistratus' son, Hippias, was overthrown in 510 BC. Floor plan of the Temple of Olympean Zeus area
The work was resumed in the 3rd century BC, during the period of Macedonian domination of Greece under the patronage of the Hellenistic king Antiochus IV of Syria who hired the Roman architect Cossutius to design the largest temple in the known world. When Antoichus died in 164 BC, the work was delayed again. In the 2nd century AD, the temple was taken up again by Hadrian, a great admirer of Greek culture, who finally brought it to completion in 129.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus was built of marble from Mount Penteli and measured 96 (315ft) meters along its sides and 40 meters (131ft) along its eastern and western faces. It consisted of 104 Corinthian columns each 17 meters (55,7ft) high of which 48 stood in triple rows under the pediments and 56 in double rows at the sides. Only 15 of these columns remain standing today. A 16th column was blown painting of the Temple of Zeus in water colors by J.M. Wittmer (1833) – Benaki Museum down during a storm in 1852 and is still lying where it fell.
Useful Links : More information at the official web site of Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism!
What around : Zappeion Garden (National Garden), Hadrian's Arch, Panathinaikon Stadium , Syntagma , Greek Parliament , Zappeion .
How to go : Just come down from the acropolis rock ! Just couple of meters away from plaka area ! Or metro @ Acropolis station !
Opening hours and tickets :
Summer (01/04-31/10) , 08:00-19:30 daily Mon 11:00-19:30
Winter (01/11-31/03) , 08:00-15:00 daily
Normal 4 Euro , Reduced 4 Euro (Day ticket for all archaeological entries , must be 12 entrances and cost 12euro include Olympeion). The prices @ 2011 .
Every Sunday in winter period have free entrance for the most of that !
The photos are mixed from different visits from 2009-2012 !
P.s. I make the review like a small guide ! I know is more better and easier to read ! If you ask me what I like ? I like all of them and love to be a tourist in my city :)
I am not Historical or a Guide , just explore my city :) . For extra information contact with me :).
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