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Friday, September 24, 2010

The Temple of Olympian Zeus

 The Temple of Olympian Zeus

 

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.

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The Temple of Olympian Zeus The Temple of Olympian Zeus, once the largest temple in Greece, and now only a few columns remain standing

 The Temple of Olympian Zeus, once the largest temple in Greece, and now only a few columns remain standing
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 Side view of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, a project that began in the 6th century BC and completed under Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD

 Side view of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, a project that began in the 6th century BC and completed under Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD

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 Sunset at the Temple of Olympian Zeus, in the heart of Athens near Syntagma Square and built around the 6th century BC

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 The Temple of Olympian Zeus, once the largest temple in Greece, with the Acropolis in the distance

The Temple of Olympian Zeus





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The Temple of Olympian Zeus at night




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Temple of Olympian Zeus, in the heart of Athens near Syntagma Square and built around the 6th century BC, viewed from above

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 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

 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

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 Only 15 Corinthian columns that are part of the Temple of Olympian Zeus remain standing, out of 104 that were part of the original

































 The Eastern Facade of Olympian Zeus





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