Temple of Olympian Zeus Why Athens
The Temple of Olympian Zeus. Photograph: Why Athens

Temple of Olympian Zeus

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The Temple of Olympian Zeus was one of the largest temples in the ancient world. At 17 metres high, it originally had 104 columns but only 16 have survived with one fallen after a storm in 1852. Construction began in the 6th century BC, but was not completed until the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s reign in the 2nd century AD, 638 years after it commenced.

Temple of Olympian Zeus

The 16th column lays fallen after the storm of 1852. Photograph: Why Athens

Just outside the fenced archaeological site, stands Hadrian’s Arch built by the Athenians in honour of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. 

Temple of Olympian Zeus Why Athens

Hadrian’s Gate also known as Hadrian’s Arch. Photograph: Why Athens

Why Athens Tip: The Panathenaic Stadium is within walking distance.

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