The Temple of Olympian Zeus (Greek: Ναός του Ολυμπίου Διός, Naós tou Olympíou Diós), also known as the Olympieion or Columns of the Olympian Zeus, is a former colossal temple at the center of the Greek capital Athens. It was dedicated to "Olympian" Zeus, a name originating from his position as head 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 reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD, some 638 years after the project had begun. During the Roman period the temple, which included 104 colossal columns, was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world.
The remains of the temple were very cool, but I was underwhelmed by the lack of signage, guides, or audio tours explaining the significance of what I was looking at. Had to pay to see it, but could have had a similar view from outside the fence.
The sight is easily seen from the Acropolis. It is a very wide space with the remaining parts of a temple. It is a lot quieter than the Acropolis and a great place to take your time and have fun taking some arty photos. There are shops near by if you need a drink, and if unimpressed you can get a photo over the fence.
Spectacular views of Acropolis and what an amazing piece of history to admire. For fair admission of 6 Euros you can walk around Temple of Zeus have a quick snack on one of the benches or enjoy a nice picnic. A must see in Athens !
Amazing to see considering how old this place is and how they have built such a thing. The columns and majestic and worth the look. In Spring time you will see more greens and even flowers on the grounds but in summer you can see bunch of fruit trees sorounding it which is a nice treat
Really big temple! Too bad not much of it is left. Great view of the acropolis and a nice area to have a picnic if you want. Nearby is the old Olympic stadium and Hadrian's Arch. Definitely an area for history lovers!
Beautiful place, not too much left to see from the temple, though. It was springtime when we went there, and it was full of small flowers on the ground (pollen level was high, full of bees also!). You have to pay top get inside, it has a nice souvenir store too.
Five stars if you like to get within a few meters of the place. It’s good that this is being preserved but I gotta give it 4 stars relative to the entry fee. Look for the sites on the sides of the place.
Great site. The scale of the columns, the remains of houses, the Roman baths ...and the views of the acropolis/Parthenon and Hadrian's Arch. A really good experience, specially worth the visit using the multi-site pass. All very picturesque.
One of the many places with archeological interest at the historical centre of Athens. The ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to Zeus, pretty impressive and remarkable sightseeing. The visit is not a time consuming one, many good spots for photos.
Who the hell is disappointed by ruins? What did you expect? More or less of them? Ruins of a great culture that baffle the mind that they still stand after all this time. We went in march and chamomile was in bloom, the smell was breathtaking. By the way, if you're a student in an EU country, don't forget to show your pass: free entry.
Fantastic remnants of the old temple , In a park about 10 minutes walk from the square. Buy the multi ticket as explained by others it gets you into all of Athens ancient monument site including the Acropolis and the Agora. Looks stunning lit up at night. Read up on the history of this site to see just how important it is. It never seems busy as It is a large open park with plenty of interesting lesser known dig sites around it.
This place is historical and even when science have been lying about most of these places it is very incredible to be here and look what history have done through years! I felt in peace in every place I went to in Greece! A truly gem to visit!!
A must site to visit when you are in Athens. Not only for the picture takings but more for its historical significance. Really easy to get to, with the bus stops right at the door step. The area is also opposite to rows of shophouses selling souvenirs and trinkets. Restaurants are also plentiful. It is also near the historical museum.
A very interesting site! You can't really feel how tall the columns are until you go near them. Very impressive!! Fun fact. There used to be 106 of them originally but only 16 remained standing until 1852 when, during a storm, one of the columns was struck by a lightning. You can still see it on the ground, though.
Superbly pleasant wandering around the columns with the scale this would have been a huge temple. The detailing on the columns still remain are a joy to behold. Great views of Acropolis in the distance and the buzz of the main road next door echo in the ears but partially obscured by bushes. About €3 well worth it for a half hour or so needed to experience this.