The Temple of Olympian Zeus (Olympeion) was an enormous structure, the largest temple in Greece, exceeding even the Parthenon in size. Work began on this vast edifice in 515 BCE during the reign of the tyrant Peisistratos, who initiated the building work to gain public favor.Although there were several attempts over many years to finish the temple, it was not completed until 132 CE by the Emperor Hadrian. The 104 columns, each 17 meters high, of the temple were made of Pentelic marble. Only 15 of the Corinthian columns remain standing to give a sense of the enormous size of the temple which would have been approximately 96 x 40 meters in size.
Coin is available at Plaka square.
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- Coin Alloy Name: Alpaca 12
- Coin Alloy Color: silver
- Coin Diameter: 31
- Coin Thickness: 2,25
- Coin Edge: serrated, fine with script
- City: ATHENS
- Country: Greece
- Available: yes
- Location: ATHENS, Greece