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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. Before you visit Athens, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • Unmissable with its view over the Agora, this temple is one of the best preserved of its kind from the 5th Century BC and well worth the short climb up the hill.  more »
  • It is a complement to the visit to the Acropolis with an impressive architecture in an environment of the complex that housed other buildings which were not so lucky keep in time in the same way
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  • Temple of Hephaistos is one of the main sanctuaries on the territory of the Agora. Found here during excavations of metal and ceramic products proves that once worshipped the God of smithing and pottery crafts. But thanks to its good as Temple eventually was converted into a Christian having received the name of St. George. For many centuries the building decorations were stolen, but Gables, columns, part of the roof of the delight and grace of ancient builders.
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  • The temple is smaller but better preserved. It is situated in a more quiet corner so it has a nice sophisticated, historic feeling. Good to visit.
  • Take the time to walk around this temple and sit on one of the benches located around and enjoy the beauty. We also saw a tortoise in the vicinity. All things you will miss if you don't fit and enjoy the beauty.
  • Well preserved temple. Very nice architecture
  • Amazing experience of ancient architecture, its the one of the HAS TO SEE IN ATHENS!
  • Was an extremely hot day. Other than that there were allot of restoration going on. Big crowds of people. But a truly beautiful place

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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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