Temple of Zeus
The temple of the Olympian Zeus (head of the Olympian gods) is located near the old Olympic stadium. The start of the building was in the 6th century BC, but finished in the 2nd century AD. Originally the temple had 104 colossal columns from which there are just 16 left. After the Barbarian invasion only 100 years later, the temple was plundered and many parts were used, like most ancient sites, for other construction purposes. Still, the structure is very impressive.
In ancient days, the 13-meter high statue of a seated Zeus was located at the center of the temple. This statue, one of the seven world wonders of the ancient world was destroyed in the 5th century AD and never found back.
The site is quite big and there is just a little shade, so we recommend you take a hat or umbrella with you. There is a vending machine where you can buy cold water for 0.50 EUR, which you will really enjoy on a hot and sunny day!
Speaking of a hot and sunny day, we noticed that there were some tourists that took of their shirts because it was really hot. But keep in mind that this is a Sacred place, so you have to treat it with respect, as you would in a Church or Mosque. I can imagine that this is easily overlooked, so keep this in mind.
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