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Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

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Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

Temple of Olympian Zeus, also known as the Olympieion, is a former temple in Athens. It was dedicated to “Olympian” Zeus, a name signifying his place as head of the Olympian gods. Construction began in the 6th century BC under Ancient Greek rule, but it was not completed until the 2nd century AD in the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, 638 years after the project had begun.

During the Roman period, the temple had 104 columns and was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world. The temple was pillaged during barbarian invasions in the 3rd century AD, just about a century after its completion. It was finally reduced to ruins in the centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire and was quarried for building materials for construction projects elsewhere in the city. Today sixteen of the original gigantic columns have survived and the site is part of an ongoing archaeological project.

The Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens – Photo Gallery

Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

Map of Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

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