Holidays in Temple of Olympian Zeus

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Temple of Olympian Zeus featuring heritage architecture and a ruin

Pay homage to the father of the gods at this famous Athens landmark which took seven hundred years to build.

Just to the south of Syntagma Square stands one of central Athens' most impressive ruins. The Temple of Olympian Zeus, sometimes known as the Olympeion or Columns of the Olympian Zeus, was built in honour of the father of the Olympian gods. Of its original 104 Corinthian columns, only fifteen remain standing today. However they still give a powerful impression of the awe-inspiring scale of this massive building.

Construction of the temple began during the rule of Peisistratos in the 6th century BC but it would take another seven centuries before it was finished. The Classical Greeks felt that the ambitious project might be seen by the gods as a symbol of man’s arrogance and it was not until 131 AD that the Emperor Hadrian took steps to complete the temple. At the same time he commissioned an immense gold and ivory statue of Zeus and a slightly smaller one of himself in a gesture of arrogance that would have surely shocked his forebears!

It is thought that the main part of the building was destroyed by an earthquake during the middle ages, and one of the surviving columns fell victim to storm damage in 1852. To the north of the site are the remains of Roman houses, a Roman bath and the city walls, as well as the Arch of Hadrian which formed a gate between the ancient and Roman cities of Athens.

The Temple of Olympian Zeus is in central Athens, a short walk from Syntagma Square, and can be easily reached by public transport. It is open every day and entrance is covered by a ticket to the Acropolis. In summer the building is floodlit along with the Acropolis, making it a delightful and atmospheric place to visit and photograph as well as an iconic landmark which can be seen from many parts of this beautiful city.

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Athens Gate Hotel
Athens Gate Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$178 per night from 7 Nov. to 7 Nov.
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Greek Evangelical Church, Arch of Hadrian and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Theatre of Dionysus and Museum ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (978 reviews)

Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2021

Athens Gate Hotel
Divani Palace Acropolis
Divani Palace Acropolis
5 out of 5
19 25 Parthenonos St, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$187 per night from 5 Nov. to 5 Nov.
This family-friendly Athens hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Temple of Athena Nike, Odeon of Herodes Atticus and Theatre of Dionysus. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (942 reviews)
"excellent location , do not expect 5 star hotel quality .The service was OK and breakfast was standard and did not change during our 4 days stay."

Reviewed on 21 Oct. 2021

Divani Palace Acropolis
Electra Palace Athens
Electra Palace Athens
5 out of 5
18 - 20 N Nikodimou Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$254 per night from 7 Nov. to 7 Nov.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Adrianou Street, Ermou Street and Shopping Street. Syntagma Square and Athens National ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (945 reviews)
"Repeat visit to the Electra Palace was a great as always. The staff is warm and very professional, the hotel is following Covid protocol and yet keeping the atmosphere friendly and seamless. The entire experience was great, can't wait to return."

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2021

Electra Palace Athens
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The Stanley
The Stanley
4 out of 5
1 Odisseos Str., Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$116 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
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Athens Gate Hotel
Athens Gate Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$178 per night from 7 Nov. to 7 Nov.
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Divani Palace Acropolis
Divani Palace Acropolis
5 out of 5
19 25 Parthenonos St, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$187 per night from 5 Nov. to 5 Nov.
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Electra Palace Athens
Electra Palace Athens
5 out of 5
18 - 20 N Nikodimou Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$254 per night from 7 Nov. to 7 Nov.
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COCO-MAT Athens BC
5 out of 5
5 Falirou, Athens
The price is AU$265 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
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Grand Hyatt Athens
Grand Hyatt Athens
5 out of 5
115, Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attica
The price is AU$203 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
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Electra Metropolis Athens
Electra Metropolis Athens
5 out of 5
15 Mitropoleos Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$312 per night from 2 Nov. to 2 Nov.
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The Pinnacle Athens
The Pinnacle Athens
5 out of 5
75 Eolou & Evripidou, Athens
The price is AU$153 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
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Plaka Hotel
Plaka Hotel
3 out of 5
7, Kapnikareas & Mitropoleos St, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$126 per night from 7 Nov. to 7 Nov.
Plaka Hotel
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