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Temple of Olympian Zeus

Listed under Classical Temples in Athens, Greece.

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The building of the temple was initiated in the 6th century BC by a tyrannical ruler named Pisistratus. It was halted, when his son, Hippias, was overthrown and though there were several attempts to continue construction, none were successful. The temple was not completed until an astounding 700 years later when Emperor Hadrian took up the project. The finished temple was enormous, the largest in Greece, and is made from marble taken from Mt. Pentelus, the same marble used to build the buildings on the Acropolis.

All that remains of this grand temple is the foundation and sixteen columns (one of which is no longer standing) but it is still awe inspiring.

Written by  Alex Johnson.

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