Athens, Greece – Temple of Zeus

A visit to Athens, Greece will take you back in time to sights like no other.  The Acropolis is amazing…but one little area to see is the Temple of Zeus.  It is located near the Acropolis and not much remains..but still old Greek Columns are tough to pass up!

Some info from the web:  The Temple of Zeus at Olympia was an ancient Greek temple in Olympia, Greece, dedicated to the chief of the gods, Zeus. It was the very model of the fully-developed classical Greek temple of the Doric order.[1] The temple, built between 472 and 456 BCE, stood in the most famous sanctuary of Greece. It housed the renowned statue of Zeus, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Chryselephantine statue was approximately 13 m (43 ft) high and was made by the sculptor Phidias in his workshop on the site at Olympia. He took about twelve years to complete it. On his head was a sculpted wreath of olive sprays. In his right hand he held a figure of Nike, the goddess of victory, also made from ivory and gold, and in his left hand, a scepter made with many kinds of metal, with an eagle perched on the top. His sandals were made of gold and so was his robe. His garments were carved with animals and with lilies. The throne was decorated with gold, precious stones, ebony, and ivory. The statue was the most famous artistic work in Greece.

Do you think back in the days Nike said…Just Do It!??

Athens, Greece – Parthenon

While in Greece a bit ago…we traveled up to the Acropolis and my dream was to see the Parthenon.  I have posted about this in the past…I was saddened by the fact it was under a ten year refurbishing project.  Does 10 year really mean 10 years or will it take more time to refurbish this wonder of the world?  Hmmm.   At this time I could only find a few angles to shoot from as there was scaffolding all around the structure.    So what is a photographer to do when his subject is lacking?  Look around!  Just behind the Parthenon was this pile of columns possibly under construction?   I enjoyed seeing these red flowers surround them…a nice contrast.   A favorite photo of mine from the trip!   We will get back there again…but not until the Parthenon is ready!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 26.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:   1/320 sec
  • Aperture:  f/9
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4

Athens, Greece – Lycabettus Hill Sunset

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

During our visit to Greece we had dinner at the restaurant on Lycabettus Hill.  Siting outside overlooking Greece is truly amazing.  We made it up top in time for sunset and as the sun was lowering…we walked up to St. George’s Church (located on the top of the hill) and I took this sunset photo from above!   I really enjoyed our visit to Greece.  Athens was nice, but the Greek Islands are were it is at!   Hopefully we get a chance to return.

Here is some info from the web:  Lykavittos Hill (sometimes referred to as Lycabettos or Lykabettos) is the highest point in Athens, rising 910 feet above the city.  Because of its height, it is a landmark visible from almost every part of the capital (ill. 7-9). Its name reflects a popular belief that the hill was inhabited by wolves.  Another legend explains that Lykavittos hill appeared when Athena accidentally dropped a large rock she was going to use for the construction of the Acropolis.  Despite these interesting legends, Lykavittos did not attract the attention of classical authors and historians. However, the majestic peak is an important tourist destination. A small whitewashed chapel of St. George, erected in the 19th century on the site of a Byzantine church of Prophet Elijah (ill. 1-3), crowns the top of Lykavittos. From the top one can see a panorama of the entire city (ill. 4) and the theatre, used for concerts and spectacles. To reach the top by foot, you need to prepare yourself for a long climb.  The initial portion of the climb,  among shrubs and small trees, is relatively easy.  However, when you get to the zigzagging stairs, laid out at a low angle to make the ascent easier (but longer!), your legs are going to let you know they are not too happy about the exercise.  If you don’t feel like arguing with them, choose an easier way — take the funicular from Kolonaki (ill. 5-6). After you reach the top, you may rest and have a drink in a terraced restaurant or let the wind on the observation deck cool you down.

Athens, Greece – Temple of Zeus

Temple of Zeus

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

If you have never been to Greece before, please try to add it to the top of the visit list.  It is an amazing country with many many places 2 explore!!  Athens itself can keep you busy for a while.  Add in the Greek Islands and you can easily spend a few weeks here!!This shot is from the Temple of Zeus in Athens.  We took a tour bus to this location.  I enjoy looking at the Roman Columns.   Hope you do as well!

Here is some info from the web: The Temple of Zeus at Olympia, built in 470-456 BC, was the ancient Greek temple in Olympia, Greece, dedicated to the chief of the gods,Zeus. It was the very model of the fully-developed classical Greek temple of the Doric order. The temple stood in the most famous sanctuary of Greece, which had been dedicated to local and Pan-Hellenic deities and had probably been established towards the end of the Mycenaean period. The Altis, the enclosure with its sacred grove, open-air altars and the tumulus of Pelops, was first formed during the tenth and ninth centuries BCE, when the cult of Zeus joined the established cult of Hera.

One old Temple indeed!  Another reason to visit Greece…history alone can keep your mind going on and on!

Athens, Greece – Lycabettus Hill

Lycabettus Hill Greece

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

Athens, Greece is a wonderful place to visit!   If you have an evening free for dinner…please visit Lycabettus Cafe for a good meal and some incredible views!

Here is some info fro the web:  Athens has a couple of vantage points besides the Acropolis, from which you can get superb views of the city. Lycabettus Hill is really a limestone rock reaching almost 1,000 feet into the once-crystalline Athenian sky. In the evening, the top half is floodlit, and from the Acropolis it looks something like a giant souffle. By day, it’s a green-and-white hill toppoed by a tiny, flaringly white church, Agios Georgios. It’s a nagging challenge, and sooner or later you’re to want to climb it. Don’t try to walk up (pilgrims used to, but it’s an Everest for the faithless), and don’t try to take a cab, because it only goes half-way and you still have quite a hike to get to the top. Take the two-minute funicular up the southeast flank. To get there, follow the “telepherique” signs to the corner of Kleomenous and Ploutarchou Streets, between Kolonaki Square and the Athens Hilton. The panorama from the top is priceless – all the way to Mount Parnes in the north, west to Piraeus and the Saronic Gulf, with the Acropolis siiting like a ruminative lion half way to the sea.

This shot was taken near sunset atop the hill.  I spot I will never forget!

Athens, Greece – The Parthenon

Athens, Greece - Parthenon

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

During our visit to Greece, we stayed a few days in Athens.  It was a dream of mine to visit the Parthenon,   Sadly due to the 10 year refurbishing project, I was a little disappinted.  Scafolding is everywhere.  I did get the one semi-decent picture with minimal equipement around.   I am not sure when it will be complete…but I would like to go back when its completed.

Visiting the Acropolis is a wonderful experience,    The history and sights were fantastic!   If you visit Greece spend a day or so seeing the local sights then spendyour next days on the islands!!  To me Greece has the most beautiful islands in the world!  Lots of islands to see and visit…some on top of my list are Santorini and  Crete.

The Parthenon is a temple of the Greek goddess Athena. Whom the people of Athens considered their protector.  It was built in 5th century BC.  The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of acient Greece and Athenian democracy, and one of the world greatest cultural monuments.  Hope you have a monumental day!