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“Absolute amazement at the Temple of Zeus!”

Temple of Olympian Zeus
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Full-Day Tour of Athens, Acropolis and Cape Sounion with Lunch
Ranked #24 of 333 things to do in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 6, 2012

First..let me say this is not the only thing to be seen here .Hadrian's Arch at the entrance to the site is wonderful.But it closes at 2.45pm!!!!
All around the site are the remains of houses and baths and smaller temples and municipal buildings.You can wander round and see all this free with your Acropolis ticket!!! So as recommended...go to the Acropolis first!! We also saw 2 species of wild tortoise..much to the delight of our teens!!! They were just wandering around the site!!!
Let me tell you,there may only be a few pillars left but these pillars have been intricately carved with acanthus leaves and are stunning testimony to the ancient Greek stonemasons! What must have stood here and this is where you need your imagination,must have been an incredible sight to behold! Incredible with the Parthenon backdrop,confirming what an awesome sight Athens must have been then!
You can buy cold drinks from a machine and there are loos here too!
Definately worth a visit, remembering it shuts at about 2.45pm.

Thank Torchythetourist
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Looking down from the Acropolis, the few columns left here left us doubting whether to visit the site. However, we're glad we did. Up close, they are spectacularly tall, and sitting in open space with far fewer visitors, easier to photograph. Admission is free if you have already paid for an Acropolis ticket.

1  Thank Brian D
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

While the Temple gets the most attention, be sure to follow the obscure path that leads to the part of this park that is dedicated to the old river deities...this is the precursor to the Agora. Home of the more ancient deities, the lower site, abutting the ancient river, contains the following (description from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism web site):

"Other important monuments of the site are the Doric peripteral temple of Apollo Delphinios (500 BC), the Delphinion Court with its spacious courtyard and chambers to the north (500 BC), the temple of Panhellenic Zeus (131-132 AD), and the small peripteral temple of Kronos and Rea (150 BC)."

The guidebook about the entire site is available for 3 EU from the ticket office on site, but YOU HAVE TO ASK FOR IT as it was not in display when I was there today. (Unreal. They said that people stole the display book but since they have THREE people in the ticket office, it's hard to believe).

The maps on the site are difficult to orient yourself to as the fixed one near the point of entry to the Zeus temple area does not map to the position where you are staring.

1  Thank Pam S
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

When you visit the Parthenon you can look down at the still remaining collums and even from that distance they are awesome, but up close you really feel dwarfed and humbled. This is one of those places you have to spend an hour at and take some photos from all sides and even from the top of the Acropolis. When you get home this will become favourite mempries

Thank Gerttravelnovice
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

It is another amazing structure built by the ancient greeks in athens. We got to this attraction after closing time but we were still able to get a good view through the gates. And we still got great photos. All the ancient ruins start to look the same after a while anyway.

Thank C W
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