The Temple of Olympian Zeus seen from the top of the Acropolis.

Also known as The Olympieion, it is a colossal ruined temple in the centre of the Greek capital Athens that was dedicated to Zeus, king 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 650 years after the project had begun.

During the Roman periods it was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world. Hadrian’s Arch can be seen at the end of Lysicrates street.

The temple’s glory was shortlived, as it fell into disuse after being pillaged in a barbarian invasion in the 3rd century AD. It was probably never repaired and was reduced to ruins thereafter. In the centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, the temple was extensively quarried for building materials to supply building projects elsewhere in the city. Despite this, substantial remains remain visible today and it continues to be a major tourist attraction.

Only 15 of the original 104 columns remain standing today and a sixteenth column lies on the ground where it fell during a storm in 1852.

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm


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  • dgscotland
    dgscotland6 months ago

    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

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  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdell6 months ago

    Where you in a hot air ballon Tom? , great shot and POV x

  • Thank you Irene, we were on top of the Acropolis, you can see the whole city from up there …

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  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyer6 months ago

    I stood slightly to the right of where you took this from Tom. What a difference the light of the day makes … wonderful colour in this shot on your beautiful sunny day. Excellent description too.

  • Thank you so much Trish, there is a great view from up there …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Fagan6 months ago

    lovely image Tom

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  • TeresaB
    TeresaB6 months ago

    January 28, 2014

    Beautiful work!

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    paintingsheep5 months ago

    Wow!! Awesome view!

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  • TheaDaams
    TheaDaams5 months ago

    I love these historical places… wonderful capture Tom!

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