Temple of Olympian Zeus 2 - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama showing the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens. It shows most of the remaining standing columns on the south-west corner of the site. Behind this you can see the Acropolis on the hill. This picture was taken in June 2015.
Temple of Olympian Zeus 2 - FURTHER INFORMATION
Temple of Olympian Zeus 2 - Athens visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Temple of Olympian Zeus 2' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Attica.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus (Ναός του Ολυμπίου Διός) is one of the ancient sites in Athens. Known also as the Olympieion or Columns of the Olympian Zeus, it stands to the south of the Acropolis. Taking about 630 years to build, it was stared by the tyrant Pisistratus in the 6th century BC and finished by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd Century Ad.
When finished, the temple contained 104 Corinthian columns, each 17 meters high. Forty eight of these stood in triple rows under the pediments at either end and 56 in double rows at the sides. In the cella (inner temple), Hadrian erected a massive Chryselephantine sculpture (built of wood and covered with ivory slabs overlaid with gold) of Zeus, the largest cult statue in the ancient world at the time. Outside, the Athenians raised an equally colossal statue of Hadrian.
About 130 years later the temple was badly damaged during the Herulian sack of Athens in 267. It was never repaired thereafter and by the 15th century only 21 of the original 104 columns remained. Today only 15 columns remain standing.
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Leoforos Vas. Olgas and Amalias,
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Bus: Leof. Vasilissis Olgas (20)