I took this photo on a family trip to Athens during the October half-term holiday. The temperature was perfect for sightseeing and we spent a day walking around some of the main archaeological sites including these impressive ruins of the Temple of the Olympian Zeus. When this temple was completed in AD 130 it was the largest temple of Ancient Greece. Its base was colossal: it measured 41m by 108m. It had 104 marble columns each of which was 17 metres high and 2 metres in diameter. Fifteen of these columns are still standing and a sixteenth lies on the ground.
About Gretta Schifano
I'm a freelance journalist and blogger specialising in family travel with teenagers, trips when parents manage to travel without their kids, and 50+ travel. I also write about vegetarian travel, parenting teenagers, adoption, SEN, ADHD and anxiety. My work's been published by the Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet and others. I've lived and worked in Italy and Spain and am now based in rural south-east England with my husband, adoptive and birth kids and our dog. I previously worked as a social action radio producer for the BBC.
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