Temple of Olympian Zeus (Olympieion)



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Address:

Vassilissis Olgas and Amalias Avenue
At Leoforos Vas. Olgas and Amalias, easily seen from the street
10557 Athens, Greece

Neighborhood:

Ilissia

Contact:

tel: +30 210 922 6330

Hours:

Summer Tues-Sun 8am-7pm; winter Tues-Sun 8:30am-6pm. In winter it may close as early as 2:30pm

Strenuousness:

No Sweat

NileGuide Expert tip:

Best seen in the green of Spring.

Description:

At 360 feet long and 143 feet wide, the Temple of Olympian Zeus is said to be one of the largest temples in the ancient world. The size of the remaining colossal columns gives an idea of its scale. Adjacent to this site is Hadrian's Arch built by Emperor Hadrian to mark the boundary of his city and the classical city. On one side of the frieze the inscription reads "This is Athens, the ancient city of Theseus" and on the other side "This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus". From here walk into the Plaka or to the National Gardens,the Zappeion and further on the Panathenaic Stadium. Closest metro station, Acropolis or a 10 minute walk from Syntagma Square.

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