Jeff's Blog - Monday, October 10, 2016 - Athens

Today I saw several churches, a few historical monuments, a museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art, the stadium from the 1896 (!) Olympic Games, Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which was my favorite. This colossal Temple was started in the 6th century BC and finally finished after many construction delays 638 years later by Hadrian, the Roman Emperor during the 2nd century AD. Hadrian loved Greece and visited it several times, investing money in its infrastructure. His memory is all over Athens, in his library, his arch, and in street names. Unfortunately, the temple was short-lived, since it was reduced to ruins by 3rd century barbarian invasions and the subsequent decline of the region. These are my photos of the Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus from today and tonight. One more day in Athens before a very early morning journey to Santorini.

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