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A to Z Challenge: Z is for Zeus the Olympian

By Thursday, April 30, 2015 ,

This post originally appeared as part of the A to Z Challenge, and was called 'Z is for Zeus the Olympian'.
We visited the Temple of Zeus the Olympian on our last full day in Athens. It rained quite heavily while we were still in the hotel that morning, and again once we'd reached the temple.

The heavy rain was short lived, and we were able to venture out from under the shelter of our umbrellas.

The massive thing took 638 years to build, started in the 6th century BC by Hippias and Hipparchos and finally finished in the 2nd Century CE under Emperor Hadrian. it was left untouched for over 300 years in between, as democratic Athens thought such a colossal project was waste of public resources.

This image and the one above it were taken within 10 minutes of each other

Soon after, in the 3rd Century it was pillaged and then used as a source of raw materials for other projects until the late 1800s.

Although it is not free, you can get a great view of it through the northern gates, and is a part of the Athens Tourist Ticket which includes the Acropolis and the other historic monuments in Athens.

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  1. Yay - we made it to the end! At long last, it is Z day :-)

    Your posts have been great - love the pictures and the travel inspiration!

  2. I love storm clouds when traveling. The rain sucks for a lot of things, but the dark clouds polarize so well making the photos look epic.

  3. Beautiful. I loved all the ancient buildings in Athens. Congrats on making it all the way to Z.

  4. Hello there.
    Just had a quick browse of your photos...really great!
    Congratulations on surviving the A-Z Challenge! I didn't get to visit your blog during the crazy month of April so I'm popping over today from the Road Trip.

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