Temple of Zeus Timings

During the winter months from November to March, the Temple of Olympian Zeus is open from 8 AM to 3.30 PM every day. During the months from April to October, it is open from 8 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week. The last entry to the temple is permitted half an hour before the closing time. Hence, you should plan your visit to Temple of Zeus 30 minutes prior the closing time to enjoy exploring the attraction. 

Essential Information on Temple of Zeus

Essential Information on Temple of Zeus

Location: The official address of The Temple of Zeus is Archaia Olympia 270 65, Greece. This ancient temple is located in the southeast part of the Acropolis region of Athens. This temple is dedicated to Zeus, the king of the Olympian gods, and is also known as the Olympieion.

How to get to the Temple of Zeus

  • By Bus: The nearest bus stops to the Temple of Zeus are Makrygiannē, SYGGROU, and ΑΓ. ΦΩΤΕΙΝΗ and there are several buses that ply through these stops. You can walk to the temple from these stops easily in about 5 minutes.
  • By Car: You can re nt a car or book a taxi service and reach the Temple of Olympian Zeus using GPS or a map.
  • By Metro: Take a metro to Acropoli Metro Station. The Temple of Olympian Zeus is 1.4 km away and you can reach the temple with a 4-minute walk.

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Best Time to Visit Temple of Zeus

The best time to Plan Your Visit to Temple of Zeus is during the spring (April to June) and fall (September to October) seasons. During these periods, the weather is pleasant with mild temperatures and lower humidity. This makes it ideal for exploring the temple and its surroundings comprehensively. The second ideal time to visit the temple is during the winter months from December to February. Winters are usually cold with maximum temperatures around 15 degrees Celsius. The temple closes early in winter by 3.30 PM. Hence, you should plan your visit to Temple of Zeus accordingly. 

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Tips to Visit Temple of Zeus

Tips to Visit Temple of Zeus
  • Being a popular tourist destination in Athens, the Temple of Zeus is usually crowded. You can plan your visit to the Temple of Zeus in the morning to avoid crowds and the noon heat.
  • Always purchase tickets in advance to save time. Skip-the-line tickets are highly recommended as the queues at the physical counter are usually long.
  • The Temple of Zeus is a religious site, and hence, it is recommended to wear dresses that cover shoulders and knees.
  • To get a better understanding of this historical temple and to explore the attraction conveniently, you can use a map or a guidebook.
  • As it can get very hot in the afternoon
  • and early evening, you should carry sunscreen, a hat, and sufficient water for sun protection.
  • The temple is centuries old and the ruins are carefully preserved. Be respectful and avoid touching them or causing damage to them.
  • The temple has guided tours and you can book one to gain comprehensive insights into the temple's history.
  • The Temple of Zeus is located very close to attractions like the Acropolis and National Garden. Hence, you can explore these attractions together to save time.

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Facts About Temple of Zeus

Facts About Temple of Zeus
  • The Temple of Zeus was constructed over centuries. Its construction began in the 6th century BCE and concluded in the 2nd century CE under Emperor Hadrian.
  • The temple was once one of Greece's largest temples and it housed a colossal statue of Zeus.
  • The temple was designed by the famous architect, Libon of Elis in ancient Greek architectural organizational systems called the Doric order.
  • Originally, the temple had 104 Corinthian columns. However, today only 15 of the 104 Corinthian columns remain standing.
  • The temple is dedicated to the Greek God Zeus and it served as a testament to Athens' wealth and influence.
  • The temple was set on fire by Roman emperor Theodosius II which severely damaged the temple's structure.
  • Earthquakes in 551 AD and 552 AD further caused irreversible damage to the once magnificent building.

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  • Skip the line to visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus, one of ancient Athens' most significant temples

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Must Know Before You Go
  • Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
  • All participants are required to show ID on arrival.
  • All international participants will have to share passport and visa details on arrival.
  • Please do not carry any luggage or large bags.
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    The Temple of Olympian Zeus is an ancient temple in Athens, Greece. It is situated southeast of the Acropolis and is also known as the Olympieion. It is dedicated to Zeus, the king of the Olympian gods. The temple is famous for its architecture and its remains provide a glimpse into the grandeur of ancient Greek architecture.

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