The Temple of Olympian Zeus is located just outside of the ancient city of Athens—east southeast of the acropolis.
This huge temple went through several variations but the main one was begun in the fourth century B.C. Antiochus IV Epiphanes (175-164 B.C.); “the abomination of desolation” Daniel 11:31) was very active in building it. It was under construction when Paul visited Athens. It was finally completed by the Roman Emperor Hadrian (ca. A.D. 132).
It was one of the largest temples in the ancient world measuring 360 ft. [110 m.] long and 140 ft. [43 m.] wide.
The building was surrounded by 104(!) columns of which 16—one toppled—are still preserved.
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