Temple of Zeus

Just outside the town of Shahhat, Jabal al Akhdar region

One of the three areas of the ancient city of Cyrene (others including Sanctuary of Apollo and the main agora area), the Temple of Zeus is an ancient site originally built in the 6th century BC to honour Zeus. The temple was destroyed in 115AD by the Jewish Revolt and then later again after an earthquake in 4th century, which lead to its abandonment.

Its original architectural style is Doric (Greek and later Roman style commonly known for its simple circular capitals at the tops of columns) with the stonework showing evidence of Egyptian workmanship. There is also a Jewish influence added to the temple which includes a marble frontage and a high podium.

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