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Temple of Hephaestus, Athens

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Little changed in the two millennia since its completion, making Temple of Hephaestus recognizable to many on the northwestern corner of Athens' centrally located ancient agora. Dedicated to Hephaestus, the god of blacksmiths, the Doric temple once stood in the middle of a busy area housing foundries and metalwork shops. Built around 450 BCE of marble carried here from a nearby mountain, the temple features 34 columns and an Ionic frieze portraying the mythical twelve labors of Heracles (Hercules). Christians converted the temple into a church in the 7th century and held services inside until 1833. To gain a better understanding of the ancient world's everyday life, take a guided tour of the temple and the surrounding archeological site. Plan a Athens trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • It’s a glorious sight on the little hill within the Agora. A scene of Pentelic marble columns against the deep azure of the morning time was particularly delightful. As one of the best preserved...  more »
  • November 2018 (not 2019) The view both to and from the temple was simply beautiful, and once up at the top, we did the touristy usuals by taking selfies and just relishing in the fact that we were...  more »
  • The Agora is absolutely a must with the temple being the highlight. It is astonishing to see such a complete structure from thousands of years ago. We went the weather was cool and spent about 2...  more »
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  • One of the sites to see in the world. Truly amazing, part of the whole host of things you get to see in Athens in your temple walk. Looking down on the city is a truly great experience. Made me feel like Jason Bourne.
  • Loved it. There was this weird man reading a book. He ended up being on Google Maps. Overall this place was fun and I loved going on a vacation here.
  • One of the most magnificent destinations in Athens. Honestly, if your time at Ancient Agora is limited for some reason, this should be among your priorities. Even strolling around the Temple will reveal some truly wonderful landscapes for you see. The best month for visiting this place is probably somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March.
  • Great place to walk around, not as busy as the Acropolis. Lots of Roman and Greek history. Gives great views of the Acropolis.
  • The best preserved Doric temple in Greece, dedicated to Hephaestus and Athena Ergane, god-protectors of the artisans. Its metopes depict heroic deeds of Theseus, hence it has been mistaken in the past for a temple of the Athenian hero. Its good condition was due to the fact that it was transformed into a church and functioned as such until the formation of the modern Greek state in 1830.

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