Si Trova: presso Siracusa
Lat: 37° 3' 6.135153" N - Long: 15° 15' 27.38872" E
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The temple of Olympian Zeus, also called Olympeion, is the second oldest temple in Syracuse, after the Apollo one, having been built at the beginning of the 6th century BC.
Today only traces of foundation and two columns remain visible.
It is located in a place that recalls the origins of Syracuse, as it was probably the point where Archia landed with the first colonists that founded the town.
The position in which it stands is higher then the surrounding places; it represented a point of reference for the ancient Greek sailors who returned to the port.
The temple was covered in terracotta, and was very important both from a religious and a civil point of view, in fact the priestly caste of the temple was the most important in the town; it also contained the census lists of the citizens of Syracuse.
Its coatings are exhibited in the archaeological museum of Syracuse.
In ancient times there was also a small village nearby.
Near here camped the Athenians, the Carthaginians and finally the Romans in their wars of conquest against the powerful Syracuse.
The site where the temple stands is unfortunately closed to the public.
What happened in Sicily: 24 June
Today we discover...
Dionigian walls of Syracuse
The most extensive boundary walls of the classical world
Mura Dionigiane di Siracusa
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One of the most representative sites of Sambuca di Sicilia comes-back from the waters
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