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Temple of Olympian Zeus

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Temple of Olympian Zeus features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Athens City Guide5-day Athens City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Magnificient Greek columns
  • Awe-inspiring architecture

Time required: 90 minutes

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
April 1 - Oct 31, daily: 8am - 8pm
Nov 1 - March 31, daily: 8:30am - 3pm
Public holidays: Closed


Ticket type Charge
General: 4 €

Public transport:

  • Red Metro Line: Akropoli station

Address: Vas. Olgas Street and Amalias Avenue, Athens

Things you need to know:

  • Temple of Olympian Zeus was the largest in mainland Greece. It measured 96m by 40m (315 by 131 ft.) featuring 104 17m-high columns
  • Its construction started in 515 BC but, due to political turmoil, completed only some 600 years later in AD 124. The temple was finished by Roman Emperor Hadrian
  • The temple housed two colossal gold and ivory statues: Pheidias's statue of Zeus and the statue of Hadrian
  • Out of the original 104 columns 15 are still standing
  • Pheidias's statue of Zeus was one of the seven wonders of the acient world
  • Athenians erected a two-storey arch for Hadrian next to the temple to thank him for completing the temple and offered the city to him
  • Other hightlights nearby: Ruins of Ancient Houses, Law Court at the Delphinion, Themistoklean Gates and walls

What to do there:

  • Walk around the area to see the ancient ruins that surround the remains of the temple
  • The highlights are the temple's 15 remaining columns

Tips & Insights:

  • Save some money by buying a combined ticket that gives access to Akropolis, Agora, Roman Forum, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Kerameikos
  • To get the best light for photographs of the columns, visit between 3pm and 4pm
  • It is one of the few uncrowded Athens attractions

Temple of Olympian Zeus features in these preplanned City Guides: