In Olympia, Greece there was once a temple built to honor the head god, Zeus. It was built in about 457 B.C.
Inside the temple is a marvelous statue. It is of Zeus. Standing at 40 feet (13 meters) high is the statue. The base itself was 20 feet (6.5 m) wide and 3 feet (1 m) high. Held in his right hand is the figure of Victory. A scepter and eagle lays in his left.
The statue was built because the temple was not fancy enough. The Athenian sculptor Phidias made the statue. Phidias was criticized for making the statue so big, but many people today think the size made it so wonderful.
The Greeks decided to move the giant statue from it's original site to lengthen it's Life. They moved it to Constantinople. The moving of it did prolong it's life, for later the Olympia temple fell. However, about 462 A.D., a fire destroyed the statue of Zeus.