Statue of Zeus at Olympia
Legendary Olympia… The sacred place of all-knowing and all-seeing Zeus… The place where he defeated Cronus, his father, and then became the king of the gods… The place which gave its name to the Olympic Games…
In about 450 BC, a magnificent temple was built at Olympia. The temple was devoted to Zeus, god of thunder, lightning and rain, and it was to surpass in beauty and grandeur all the other temples existing in Greece at that time. However, for some time it had no proper statue of the king of the gods. That is why the citizens of Olympia decided to invite the Athenian sculptor Pheidias for the sacred task of errecting the statue of Zeus. By that time, Pheidias had already made two magnificent statues of the goddess Athena in Athens and developed a technique to build enormous gold and ivory statues.