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CaptionThe 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 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. The temple was constructed by the architect Libon with carved metopes and triglyph friezes topped by pediments filled with sculptures in the Severe Style now attributed to the Olympia Master and his studio. The main structure of the building was of a local limestone that was unattractive and of poor quality and so it was coated with a thin layer of stucco to give it an appearance of marble. All the sculptural decoration on the temple was made of Parian marble and the roof tiles were of the same Pentelic marble used to build the Parthenon at Athens.
HeadlineIn 426 CE Theodosius II ordered the destruction of the sanctuary It was rediscovered in 1766 by a French team.
Copyright Noticeen.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Temple_of_Zeus
URLhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Zeus

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