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Temple of Olympian Zeus

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  • Day13

    Big Pillars

    October 4, 2017 in Greece

    Next up we visited the Temple of the Olympian Zeus. Constructed between 470-457BC, which makes it really old. These columns were huge, 17m in fact. It is amazing to think that once upon time there would of been 104 pillars. Even these remains give you idea of how grand this temple would of been. With its roof, this temple would of been of 20m tall, 20m wide and 70m long. Massive.

    Interestingly the main structure of the building was actually made from local limestone and painted with stucco to give it a marble like appearance. The roof of this building would of been something to behold, made from marble tiles so thin they were was translucent. Can you imagine that room when the sun hits the marble?

    Next it was off to Hadrian's Gate. In ancient times this arch spanned the road from centre of Athens to structures including the Temple of the Olympian Zeus. It was built as a devision It was built about 131/132AD in the time of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Through the arch of the fate you can see the Acropolis. On this side of the gate there is an inscription which reads ΑΙΔ' ΕΙΣΙΝ ΑΘΗΝΑΙ ΘΗΣΕΩΣ Η ΠΡΙΝ ΠΟΛΙΣ (this is Athens, the ancient city of Theseus). On the other side of the arch there is also an inscription which reads ΑΙΔ' ΕΙΣ' ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΥ ΚΟΥΧΙ ΘΗΣΕΩΣ ΠΟΛΙΣ (this is the city of Hadrian, and not of Theseus).

    Even though this arch was more Roman than ancient Greek I still loved it and the thoughtfulness of where it was placed and the way it framed it's surrounds.
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  • Day5

    Hadrian's Arch

    June 28, 2016 in Greece

    The walking tour of Athens continues! Today I went a short walking distance from the Acropolis to Hadrian's Arch. Built around 132 A.D. in the classical style, it once spanned an ancient road (no longer there) that lead to the temple of Olympian Zeus. Some believe that it was built to honor the Roman Emperor Hadrian.

  • Day6

    Temple of Olympian Zeus

    June 29, 2016 in Greece

    Walking distance to the Acropolis and Hadrian's Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus is one of the largest temples in the ancient world. The site is very sparse and viewers have an unobstructed view of the temple. The most dramatic element of these ruins is the fallen column, where you can see the column divided into drums.

  • Day9

    Zappeion Hall

    July 2, 2016 in Greece

    Zappeion is a neoclassical building in the heart of Athens in the national gardens. It was built in 1888 as an exhibition hall for the first modern Olympic games, which were held in Athens. The interior of the building has a round courtyard.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Olympieion, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Ναός του Ολυμπίου Διός, Olympiéion

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