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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Sebastian H. (29 days ago)
What to say..its history direct infront of you eyes. So beautiful and impressive. There is no good reason not to come by when you are in syrakus.
Aleksandra Kambič (4 months ago)
for me the most beautiful building on the island.
Quantum SkillZ (6 months ago)
Inspiring. The mixture of a temple and early Christian church now catholic. some ppl suggest that this was founded by Saint Paul himself. Not sure about that but it’s really incredible marvel of architecture
Pawel Buczynski (7 months ago)
Beautiful church and whole area!
Beatriz Tavares (9 months ago)
Very interesting
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