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Temple of Olympian Zeus  
   

Temple of Olympian Zeus

Better known as the "Olympieion", construction was started on this temple in 500 BC. The Greeks stopped work on it presumably because they felt continuing to build such a huge structure would infuriate the gods. When the Romans conquered Greece 400 years later they had no such qualms. It wasn't until Hadrian became emperor that construction was completed in 131 AD. The temple was destroyed by an earthquake in the Middle Ages. Most of the stonework and columns were taken away over the centuries as building material for other projects.
Day Thirteen (Thursday)

July 6th 2006
The last day of the land portion of this tour. I slept pretty well after our busy busy day. We actually got to sleep in a bit today. Breakfast was in a large room in the hotel. This was one of the best of the trip with scrambled eggs, bacon, rolls and orange juice. At a little after nine we boarded Niko's bus for a short drive to pick up Vee. She gave us a bit of a city tour as we heade ... read more
Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens

Greek Flag Greece achieved its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In Worl... ... read more
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