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Temple of Zeus at Olympia

Author: М. И., 06.11.2012
Temple of Zeus at Olympia, Picture
Temple of Zeus at Olympia, Picture 1

   In one of the richest and most large cities of ancient Greece - Olympia was the temple of Zeus. He is one of the wonders of the world. The impressive building built in e 5th century BC. by the famous architect Libo and features 34 marvelous marble columns. The temple is the famous statue of Zeus, then, who is seated on a throne of gold and precious stones. The tape head, crown and dress Zeus Thunderer were of pure gold. Of gold were also victorious crown and dress of the goddess Nike. Goddess Nike Zeus held in one hand. The face of the god Zeus was made ​​of artfully arranged plates of exquisite ivory.

   By order of the Byzantine emperor Theodosius II in the late 5th century majestic statue was moved to Constantinople, the imperial palace, where a fire was destroyed. In 426, again by order of the Byzantine emperor, Olympia was looted, burned and destroyed. Only ruins remain to recall the temples of Hera and Zeus.

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