Temple of Olympian Zeus at Agrigento
The Temple of Olympian Zeus, also known as the Temple of Jupiter, is an ancient Greek temple located in the Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples) in Agrigento, Sicily, Italy.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus, also known as the Temple of Jupiter, is an ancient Greek temple located in the Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples) in Agrigento, Sicily, Italy. It was one of the largest and most impressive temples of ancient Greece, and was dedicated to the king of the gods, Zeus.
Construction of the Temple of Olympian Zeus began in the 5th century BC during the reign of the tyrant Theron, and was continued by his successors. The temple was designed in the Doric order and featured a massive, colonnaded façade with 38 columns. The structure was made from local sandstone, and was decorated with intricate sculptural reliefs.
The temple was never fully completed, and work on it was abandoned during the wars between Carthage and Rome. Today, only a few columns and parts of the entablature and pediment remain standing. Despite this, the temple remains one of the most impressive monuments in the Valle dei Templi, and is a popular destination for tourists and history enthusiasts.
In addition to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Valle dei Templi also contains several other important Greek temples, including the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Juno, and the Temple of Heracles.
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