Better know as "Στύλοι του Ολυμπίου Διός" ("Stili tou Olympiou Dios") is one of the major atractions of the city of Athens. It was propably the largest temple of the ancient world. Located close to the Acropolis, which you can see in the background. Some info from WIKIPEDIA:
"The Temple of Olympian Zeus (Greek: Ναός του Ολυμπίου Διός or Naos tou Olimpiou Dios), also known as the Olympieion, is a colossal ruined temple in the centre of the Greek capital Athens that was formerly dedicated to Zeus, king of the Olympian gods. Construction began in the 6th century BC during the rule of the Athenian tyrants, who envisaged building the greatest temple in the ancient world, but it was not completed until the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD some 650 years after the project had begun. During the Roman periods it was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world.
The temple's glory was shortlived, as it fell into disuse after being pillaged in a barbarian invasion in the 3rd century AD. It was probably never repaired and was reduced to ruins thereafter. In the centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, the temple was extensively quarried for building materials to supply building projects elsewhere in the city. Despite this, substantial remains remain visible today and it continues to be a major tourist attraction.
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Valerka (8171) 2008-07-09 7:13
Hello, Neighbour Hercules,
A temple worthy of Zeus:)
Well seen and elegantly presented.
luiscar (3286) 2008-07-09 7:27
Hacia casi un año que no entraba en la página, y mas de 15 que visité tu pais. Me he quedado impresionado con tu fotografia, buena muy buena y de gran calidad.
Sne011 (3084) 2008-07-09 7:32
I like your pov and the blue hour. The temple is amazing. Very nice scene of this historical place.
steliosk (4802) 2008-07-09 7:45
Geia sou Hraklh
Poly kalh!! eksoxa grammenes oi leptomeries, isia kai perigrafikh, e h nyxta thn kanei pio epiblhtikh, hmera den aksizei toso. Twra 8a mou peis h nyxta panta exei ena mikro probadisma logw atmosfairas..
Ta sygxarhthria mou
bema (26425) 2008-07-09 7:54
wonderful capture of greek-night-spirit, must be a pleasure to be there at that time, after the heat of the day..
great colors and clarity and so on...
Best regards and Jassu Bernd
tehanu_f (6896) 2008-07-09 8:53
very eyecatching and impressive perspective, hercules. the colours are natural and the timing is very good - all the details remain to be seen.
danasam (1075) 2008-07-09 8:57
Well done Hercules, excellent sharp photo from perfect POV, i like the idea of the 6 second exposure to brighten the sky at the background. very well seen :)
carper (96) 2008-07-09 10:11
fantastic place Hercules,
and what a photo, yes I like the good photojob here, good pov, fine quality good lines, fine evening shot, very gopod photojob here, have a nice evening.
greek (7594) 2008-07-09 10:27
poly omorfa xrwmata kai kadro,synxaritiria, galantis
quillo (11856) 2008-07-09 11:28
Hola Hércules, gran composición esta del "Temple of Olympian Zeus" la definición y ese momento del día tan especial de "entre dos luces" que le da ese carácter y esa elegancia tan personales, me gusta mucho el resultado de la foto por lo que te felicito.
Un abrazo compañero.
TopGeo (38216) 2008-07-09 11:59
Mia spoydaio lipsi
Ena telio kadro kai mia aksiologi prooptiki poy omologo exei protoporia. Exeis katapliksi me tin armonia sta xromata kai tin entiposiaki safinia kai katharotita
athanvas (2369) 2008-07-09 12:25
Geia sou Hraklh
Fantastiko to kadro sou poly kalh gwnia lipsis kai ta xrwmata episis fantastika,Sygxaritiria!
Greg1949 (9011) 2008-07-09 12:32
Hrecules, it has ben many many years since I saw this sight and it is as beautiful as I remember. You evening capture is very nice indeed and the colors are wonderful. I wound not have thought of capturing them in the same shot, I remember the walk between them and your angle to see both is great.
stelli (2993) 2008-07-09 13:03
This is the best angle that I've seen this monument being photographed! Excellent light management as always and beautiful colors! Thank you for sharing! ΦΙΛΙΚΑ Στέλλα
Deepforest (9260) 2008-07-09 13:17
beautiful capture of that famous ruined temple. Fantastic light and excellent sharpness. Great shot!
rigoletto (34279) 2008-07-09 13:38
I would definitely pay for this.
A great poster for antiquity lovers (like me)
The sky is perfect, the lighting is very nice, and this great temple (mainly shadowed by the grandeur of Acropolis) is perfectly glorified by you. It should be used for the advertisement of Athens.
MLINES (12516) 2008-07-09 15:04
Hi Hercules. An excellent POV and the lighting makes this very special. You waited for the right moment. Congratulations. TFS. Murray.
PS Very interesting notes.
Colombiana (2955) 2008-07-09 15:05
Mi querido Cretense,
Te felicito por tremenda toma!
Puedo definitivamente ver porque te gusta la hora azul,
me encanta como "encajaste" los lindos e historicos detalles
BUeno, un saludo y un abrazo muy cordial....
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2008-07-09 15:39
Joder que maravilla de foto tio!!! Otra vez te has vuelto a "salir". Estupendos colores!
Un saludo, Oscar
crckt (7222) 2008-07-09 16:59
I like the light here, quite awesome blue hour shot (as ususual). I don't think you have ever taken a shot that is below par :). Great control on exposure.
Thanks for sharing,
zeca (19762) 2008-07-09 20:10
Very nice capture, Hercules! The sky is just beautiful, making the perfect background to the great columns, so well exposed. Excellent photo!
delkoo (68) 2008-07-10 0:30
classic view of athena, very well lighted and exposed, beautiful presentation to glorify this fabulous city remains the world-famous.
dareco (17134) 2008-07-10 0:33
This lighting and colors are beautiful!! A rather breathtaking picture. A very informative note. TFS
Longroute (19396) 2008-07-10 1:34
Very, very beautiful!
The composition is perfect with the temple to the right and the acropoolis in the background to the left.
The exposition is extraordinary: is it an HDR?
Butterflyka (518) 2008-07-10 2:12
Amazing capture of this temple.
Great colors and fine light management.
Excellent sharpness and clarity.
greekscapes (389) 2008-07-10 2:23
Yperoxi lipsi, fotografia gia card postal, evge Irakli!
jonathan_hart (21276) 2008-07-10 4:20
great angle and POV, and fine settings, good light and colours for this night shot, with good sharpness,
stefanocer (10642) 2008-07-10 5:02
Fantastic ancient architecture and really well chosen light condition Hercules , composition and colours are great , many compliments .
ifanik (21679) 2008-07-10 6:20
Na mh ksexname kai tis omorfies ths Athinas etsi?
Allh mia apo tis dikes soy file....ksereis apo aytes poy den mporw na sxoliasw................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mark_mk (266) 2008-07-10 10:04
a wonderful blue hour shot, great POV and perfect handling of the exposure. The Greeks definetly knew how to build things, it always impresses me. Technically a perfect shot, nothing more to say!
gilou530 (34) 2008-07-10 13:17
Yes une photo superbe par la lumiére et l'heure bleue, un endroit plein de charme, netteté au top
bostankorkulugu (42486) 2008-07-10 14:32
the coloumns look majestic against the perfect blue sky... a beautiful postcard from athens for sure... may be you could have cropped that light on the very left but still magical giritli mou, no surprise...
trekks (14348) 2008-07-10 17:13
Exposure of 6s gives good brightness to the temple with good sharpness and details in the columns from f/11. Gradient of sky color really provides a great backdrop in this composition. In long exposure, it is always difficult to avoid spotlights glare.
I like this capture.
giorgimer (34965) 2008-07-11 0:03
your shots are always perfect, no exceptions for this one. Excellent composition and light managing.
syd1946 (18663) 2008-07-11 1:06
Γεια σου Ηρακλή,
Ακομη μια εξαιρετικη φωτογραφια στην συλλογη σου...Η επιλογη της ωρας,το σημειο ληψης ωστε να μπει στο καδρο και ο Παρθενωνας,ειναι τα ατου της συνθεσης μαζι με το τελεια εκθεση το φωτος.Χιλια μπραβο!
dip (23892) 2008-07-11 1:43
Geia sou Irakli,
yperoxi foto apo tis stiles tou Ol.Dios stin pio omorfi ora tis imeras,
ta xromata einai fantastika kai i diaxeirisi tou fotos poli kali,
mia evdomada prin (telos Iouniou) vrethika ki'ego ekei me mia parea apo tin Germania alla itan mesimeri kai o ilios katakorufa, etsi oi foto pou evgala apo ekei einai mono gia anamnistiko skopo,
alitheia pos mpikes mesa afou exei porta pou kleinei to apogeuma i mipos se ksexasane mesa? :))
patdeph (35748) 2008-07-11 6:22
there is a wonderful luminosity giving golden and shinig colours to the columns of the temple!I like the sky going from blue to pink,but what I find truly amazing is the blach part at the bottom,doing that the temple seems to float in the air!Superb!
ElAprendiz (30) 2008-07-11 9:58
La legendaria vista del templo de Zeus, que estamos tan acostumbrados a observar a traves de documentales y libros de historia.
Pero sin duda de que tu le das un toque diferente, con mucho profesionalismo en la captación de esta vista nocturna, con mucha definición y nitidez, asi como un perfecto encuadre.
Gracias por compartirla
Emile (20352) 2008-07-11 11:45
La verdad es que ya no encuentro que mas decirte, esta foto es perfecta. En las que yo tomo en la noche durante la hora azul me recuerdo de tus fotos y de que exposiciones has utilizado, y nada!!!. No me salen. La pena es que estas tan lejos, serias un magnifico profesor.
Un fuerte abrazo
cunejo200 (7281) 2008-07-11 13:36
It is good to critique your photos again as they are always high quality and well composed. The slow shutter certainly let in those beautiful lights and allowed superb showcasing of the temple. I could easily see this image as the cover of a travel book or magazine. Best regards, Danilo
labro33 (2807) 2008-07-12 3:11
Γεια σου Ηρακλη,
Σε μια τετοια συνθεση δεν μπορεις να προσθεσεις κατι ιδιαιτερα...
Απλα εντυπωσιαζει η καθαροτητα της και η ισορροπια της παρολο τις δυσκολες συνθηκες του φωτος.
frieda (153) 2008-07-12 8:00
Beautiful play of light on the Temple Zeus, and the whole location.You make an excellent photo from it.
Thank you and kind regard,
cfreire (11741) 2008-07-12 8:16
splendid shot in this beautiful blue hour. Excellents definition, contrasts, colors and framing. The picture is impressive. Good job! Best regards, Consuelo
Bruno40 (6658) 2008-07-13 8:05
How are you doing?
Passing by here in TE, very busy at work, not ,uch time to be in TE. Just few minutes on Sunday to visit your photos.
beautiful blue hour, perfect one. I will have to copy the POV when I go to Athens.
have a nice Sunday my friend
PaulVDV (32643) 2008-07-14 10:05
Wow ! This is the picture for a magazine or a guidebook of Athens.
I have visited the Temple of Zeus and the Akropolis of course but for some strange reason I didn't think at this POV ... Too bad.
Well, your picture is wonderfull.
The blue hour gives it the beautiful colour, the composition is perfect, the picture is clear, the columns are very sharp.
burGu (4840) 2008-07-14 12:43
Hey I know this place! I saw it from the top of Acropolis... And I am not sure but I might have seen it from Lykavittos Hill. Am I right or mixing up all temples I've seen lately???
Temple and the statues seem extremely huge and fascinating from this point of view. I feel little jealousy for blue hour photos because I haven't took a nice one yet...
With Acropolis seen behind, it will definitely look quite nice on a Athens Guide or magazine... Or have you done something like that already? :)
Kelly78 (0) 2008-07-15 9:26
Hi Hercules, superb sharp photo with a very nice composition.
coco (30439) 2008-07-16 7:14
Kalispera otra vez, Hercules.
Podría repetir mi crítica anterior solo cambiando (o eliminando) la felicitación por la portada).
Una foto con un magnífico trabajo en la composición y en la exposición.
Ta leme, file mou.
gepall (1836) 2008-07-21 15:26
Irakli apla KATAPLIKTIKH
Vato_Law (12732) 2008-07-25 12:16
it's great to see this trademark of Greece against this beautiful blue hour sky, and with the other temple as a background.
Although a large part of it has disapeared it's still a wonder and a fantastic rememberance of the ancient times.
batalay (40413) 2008-09-18 4:08
The Temple of the Olympian Zeus, with its Corinthian capitols — your note explains well the fact that the colossal temple was begun in much earlier times but completed under Emperor Hadrian (otherwise it would displayed Doric capitols). Absolutely magical scene. I passed through the area on August 24, just seven weeks afterwards.
magiqa (1292) 2008-09-21 7:27
When I was walking around the Olympeion in May 1966, there were wild artichokes growing on the ground around the temple. I wish I had taken a photo, lying on the ground with my instamatic camera, because it was such a beautiful view of the natures creation in the foreground and this impressing human creation in the background. Are there still any wild artichokes there? Please check and if so, download a photo. Tfs this beautiful picture!
masquerade (0) 2008-10-01 5:22
The great Athenian sky does the rest...
- Copyright: Hercules Milas (Cretense) (68703)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-07-02
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon 1Ds Mark III, Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR
- Exposure: f/11, 6 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Greek nights, The Acropolis of Athens, Roman and greek inheritance, Acropolis v2 - Best visual, A Walk in Athens [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-07-09 7:03
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