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Temple of Olympian Zeus

With your Athen City Pass you can visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus for free and you save € 6.

Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens Temple of Zeus and view of the Acropolis Columns in the Olympieion

The construction of the Olympieion or Temple of Olympian Zeus began in the 6th century BC but it wasn’t completed until the 2nd century AD under the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian.  The temple is supported by 17 -meter high Corinthian style columns and was one of the largest in ancient Greece. It is situated 500 metres east of the Acropolis. 

Opening hours Temple of Olympian Zeus


The temple is open daily in the summer and the winter season so that all guests of the Greek capital have the chance to see the site of this former majestic temple. 

Admission fee Temple of Olympian Zeus

The tariff Child / Teen 6-17 years from EU member-states have generally free admission. A free ticket is available at the cash desks. Please note that there may be queues. Please show ID.
The tariff Child / Teen 6-17 years from non-EU member-states: 30 € already charged, Acropolis Combined Ticket is included in your Athens City Pass (attached in e-mail).

Ticket Temple of Olympian Zeus

By ordering the Athens City Pass all-inclusive, you have free access to the Temple of Olympian Zeus. You will receive your ticket enclosed in the Athens City Pass package via E-mail.

Address Temple of Olympian Zeus

Leoforos Vasilissis Olgas & Amalias
Athens 11742

+30 210 9226330

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The Temple of Olympian Zeus stands today between two major streets that lead to the centre of Athens. The site itself though preserves its serene atmosphere. Directly opposite, as you cross one of these streets you find yourselves in the traditional neighborhood of Plaka. There you can enjoy walking on the small streets under the Acropolis

Directions Temple of Olympian Zeus

Metro line 2 to Acropolis

The easiest way to reach the temple is undoubtedly the metro. After you exit head towards Syggrou Avenue and cross it. By now you should be already seeing the columns of the temple. The distance from the station to the temple is 10 minutes or less. 

Highlights Temple of Olympian Zeus

  • Construction began in the 6th century BC but ended in the 2nd century AD
  • Largest temple in Greece during the Roman times
  • See the majestic Gate of Hadrian
  • Free entry with the Athens City Pass 

Special conditions of use

You can profit from free and priority entrance to the Temple of Olympian Zeus with the Athens City Pass all-inclusive.

The site is closed on the following days: Jan. 1st, Mar. 25th, May 1st, Easter Sunday (Greek Easter), Dec. 25th/26th. 

Special opening times: Jan. 6th 07:30AM–07:30PM, Shrove Monday 07:30AM–07:30PM, Good Friday (Greek Easter) 12:00PM–03:00PM, Oct. 28th 07:30AM–07:30PM. 

Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time. 

Nearby Temple of Olympian Zeus

The temple is located within short walking distance from the Acropolis, the New Acropolis Museum and Plaka. Plaka is a beautiful traditionally built neighborhood that offers many options for shopping, dining and entertainment. The National Gardens and the Parliament are situated in a short walking distance.

Description Temple of Olympian Zeus

The temple was dedicated to Zeus, king of the Olympian Gods. Its construction started in the 6th century BC but it was completed only in the 2nd century AD under the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian. In that time it was considered to be the largest temple in Greece. It is made from Pentelic marble and had originally 104 Corinthian style columns. In the Byzantine and Christian times parts of the temple were used as building material.
Today the visitors can still see a part of the temple and 15 of its columns that are still standing in their original position. 

The Athens City Pass all-inclusive entitles you to free access to the Temple of Olympian Zeus with priority entrance. Simply, buy it online. 

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