TEMPIO DI GIOVE

 
Tempio di Giove veduta aerea

About three kilometres south of Syracuse, along the Via Elorina that led to the sub-colony of Eloro, are the remains of the temple of Zeus Olympius, also known as the Olympieionlocated on a hillock slightly elevated above the plain below, from which there is a complete view of the Porto Grande, the salt pans, Ortigia and the Plemmirio.
Of the Doric style building with decorative polychrome terracotta cladding, dating back to the first decades of the 6th century BC, the base (stylobate) and two columns of the seventeen that formed the long sides are preserved, framing the cell to NO and SE. The front, to the east towards the large port, had a double row of six columns.

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