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The sun rises on the temple of Olympian Zeus - Athens, Greece

This is the view from the roof top cafe at Royal Olympic Hotel where we stayed at in Athens Greece. I made it a point to get up early our last day in Athens so I could catch the sunrise. This is a big deal for me because I am a huge proponent of sleeping in when ever possible. 

This is sort of an HDR composite. I disliked how the ground area looked but loved the sky in the HDR, so I replaced the ground with one of the original shots and layered in some Nik filters. Some more minor Lightroom edits later, we have this.

The Temple of Olympian Zeus (GreekΝαὸς τοῦ Ὀλυμπίου ΔιόςNaos tou Olympiou Dios), also known as the Olympieion or Columns of the Olympian Zeus, is a colossal ruined temple in the centre of the Greek capital Athens that was 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 638 years after the project had begun. During the Romanperiods it was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world. You can read more here...

Beyond the temple is mount Lycabettus. Mount Lycabettus, also known as LycabettosLykabettos or Lykavittos (GreekΛυκαβηττόςpronounced [likaviˈtos]), is aCretaceous limestone hill in AthensGreece. At 277 meters (908 feet) above sea level, the hill is the highest point in the city that surrounds it. Pine trees cover its base, and at its two peaks are the 19th century Chapel of St. George, a theatre, and a restaurant. More...

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