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The Hellenic religion has many gods and goddesses, with Zeus most often depicted as the chief god.
Greek templesGreek temples (Ancient Greek: Ναός, Naós "dwelling") are structures built to house deity statues within Greek sanctuaries in the Hellenic religion. The temple interiors do not serve as meeting places, since the sacrifices and rituals dedicated to the respective deity take place outside them. Temples are frequently used to store votive offerings. They are the most important and most widespread building type in Greek architecture.
A Grand Temple or Great Temple (Greek: μεγάλη Ναός, literally "great temple") is the primary Greek Temple of one of the Twelve Olympians. These temples are held in great reverence and are the most sacred places of the Hellenic religion. Each of these temples are administered by a High Priest or High Priestess (Greek:Αρχιερέας or Πρωθιέρεια).
Temple of Zeus at Olympia
Main article: Temple of Zeus
The Temple of Zeus at Olympia is the holiest site in all of Hellenism and the chief temple of Zeus, the king of the Hellenic gods. The Temple of Zeus is under the supervision of the Supreme Priest or Supreme Priestess, who is the nominal head of the Hellenic religion.
It is customary for the Alexandrian monarch to praise Zeus and ask for his blessing upon ascending the Alexandrian throne.
DeitiesThe Hellenic religion has many different gods and goddesses.
The Twelve Olympians
Twelve Olympians are the major deities of the Greek pantheon, commonly considered to be Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Hephaistos, Hermes, Aphrodite, Dionysos, Hades and either Demeter or Hestia.
The Twelve Olympians, also known as the Dodekatheon (Greek: Δωδεκάθεον from δώδεκα, dōdeka, "twelve" and θεοί, theoi, "gods"), were the principal deities of the Greek pantheon, said to reside atop Mount Olympus. The Olympians gained their supremacy in a ten-year-long war of gods in which Zeus led his siblings to victory over their predecessor gods, the Titans.