The Temple of Olympian Zeus , located in the heart of Athens near Syntagma Square and built around the 6th century BC
Location: Athens, Greece
The Temple of Olympian Zeus, also known as the Olympieion, is a colossal ruined temple in the centre of the Greek capital that was formerly dedicated to Zeus, king of the Olympian gods. Construction began in the 6th century BC during the rule of the Athenian tyrants, who envisaged building the greatest temple in the ancient world, but it was not completed until the 2nd century AD some 650 years after the project had begun. During the Roman periods it was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus, once the largest temple in Greece, and now only a few columns remain standing
The Temple of Olympian Zeus
The Temple of Olympian Zeus at night
Detail of only 15 Corinthian columns that are part of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and remain standing, out of 104 that were part of the original
The Eastern Facade of Olympian Zeus