Temple of Olympian Zeus

Syracuse, Italy

The Temple of Olympian Zeus, the second oldest temple in Syracuse after that of Apollo in Ortigia, rose in the ancient village called Polichne, in a panoramic position, slightly elevated. The Doric building, surrounded by large monolithic columns, appeared really impressive.

Today, what is left of the huge building (which measured 20.50 meters x 60) is part of crepidoma and two columns of the south side.

From it there is a complete view of Porto Grande, Saline, Ortigia and Plemmirio. Not by chance for the Greeks, this temple was a reference for sailors who entering or leaving Syracuse’ port.

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Founded: 6th century BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Wojciech Kotarba (14 months ago)
Very historical. Worth to see
Julie-Anne Inga (2 years ago)
It's pristine and magnificent
melinda Szajkoova (2 years ago)
Nice place
Linda Coe (3 years ago)
Ok..only saw it from a distance.
Raf (3 years ago)
Beautiful cathedral. As a catholic, I hated how I had to pay to get in. I had to pay and entrance fee to pray in the church. Horrible. To top it off, there were some kids outside kicking a football around. I witnessed one of the kids kick it really hard almost hitting a tourist. Shortly after, they hit me. What the hell is wrong with these rude kids?
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