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The temple is located about 500 m (1640 feet) south-east of the Acropolis, and about 700 m (2,300 feet) south of the center of Athens, Syntagma Square. Its foundations were laid on the site of an ancient outdoor sanctuary dedicated to Zeus. An earlier temple had stood there, constructed by the tyrant Pisistratus around 550 BC. The building was demolished after the death of Peisistratos and the construction of a colossal new Temple of Olympian Zeus was begun around 520 BC by his sons, Hippias and Hipparchos. They sought to surpass two famous contemporary temples, the Heraion of Samos and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Designed by the architects Antistates, Callaeschrus, Antimachides and Porinus, the Temple of Olympian Zeus was intended to be built of local limestone in the Doric style on a colossal platform measuring 41 m (134.5 feet) by 108 m (353.5 feet). It was to be flanked by a double colonnade of eight columns across the front and back and twenty-one on the flanks, surrounding the cella.

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Comments (419)

gianluigi bonomini on November 26

Like393++++, bellissima immagine antico-storica e ottimi colori Nick, ti saluto e buona sera. Gian

pembo on November 28

A beautiful photo and place - L394!

Liebe Grüße aus Kiel, pembo

Zlatan Olić on November 30

ostatci hrama svjedoče njegovu monumentalnost, uhvaćeno i objašnjeno odlično

Søren Terp on December 14

Wonderful - like and YS!

zorvel on December 17

Wonderful scenery, nice photo. L+F

Shain Paiment on December 18

beautiful shot F+L

GNIEDY Jerzy on January 5


idahodon on January 12

Fantastic scene! L+F! Best wishes, Don.

rockjana11 on January 24

Excelent photo!like


Perfect shot! 402--AnaM

thisisdr on January 31

Εξαιρετική φωτογραφία. Α+Α

Πολλά χαιρετίσματα, Άναντ

Krystyna Koch on February 11

Beautiful scenery, composition and colours. LIKE Greetings from Poland, Krystyna.

mfp on March 5

Very nice photo, dear Nikos!

Beautiful view!

Greetings and best wishes, Florian

Käptn Iso on March 8

Wonderful photo 72/407

Dust... on March 8

+++ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! liKe it !
amitié des Pyrérénées

acusticalennon on March 12

Bonita imagen, Like+Fav, saludos cordiales


Pěkný chrám! Skvělé zachycení! Mnoho přátelských pozdravů z Potštejn!-L-410

Sirka on April 2

Impressive panorama!L411

majasa 14 days ago

Marvelous shot!


Greetings, majasa

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 27, 2012
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    by varkos
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
    • Taken on 2012/02/26 08:53:34
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1000)
    • Focal Length: 4.50mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash