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Temple of Olympian Zeus

Lois and I (quite literally) stumbled upon this temple while walking from the Olympic Stadium to the Acropolis. The Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens was build around 6 century BC.

If you look in the far distance, you can just make out the Acropolis on the left of the main columns.
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Philopappos Monument

In my previous post, I told you how I had to climb to the top of Philopappos hill in the middle of the night for a shot of the Acropolis.

Here is Philopappos Monument at the top of the hill. There is not much to say about Philopappos (his was a prominent Greek in the Roman Empire, he died in 116 AD, and his sister build the tomb in his honour).

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The Acropolis at night

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To get this picture, I had to climb to the top of Philopappos hill in the middle of the night. Philopappos Hill is basically a wooded nature reserve with lovely windy paths, which meander to Philopappos Monument, from which you have this amazing view of the Acropolis.

But it is pitch dark at night, so it was with great effort that I carried myself, my camera, lenses and a tripod to the top of the hill. Did I mention that the street dogs in Athens sleep on the hill at night? I was constantly being barked at by dogs that I couldn’t see in the dark!

I think it was worth it though; I love the view from here. You can see the Parthenon on the right, with the Propylaea on the left (basically the entrance or gateway to the Acropolis complex).

In my next post I will show you the Philopappos Monument.

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