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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. For Temple of Hephaestus and beyond, use our Athens trip itinerary maker to get the most from your Athens vacation.
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  • This temple is the one who is in better shape in the city, must be see him to account what it was like in the classical period.
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  • Beautiful, both the building, although it could be a little more site, such as the environment, a sunny day, packed with children and adults painting the picturesque building, the incomparable view, and there are some turtles walking through the grounds, apart from dogs and cats, which give it a special touch.
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  • Well preserved and situated in a very pretty area, it's definitely the case to head down here too!
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  • Another must visit site in Athens. Try to get the 7 sites ticket at the entrance of the Agora. You'll then see hert a ticket to the Acropolis.e this beautiful temple but also avoid the queues to ge
  • Worth the trip if you are at the Acropolis. It is including in the premium pass if you get it there. It has great views and you can get very close to it.
  • The well preserved temple of Hephaestus is one of the most important place in ancient agora of athens and now is a great place to take a photo!
  • Gorgeous!! I always think about how the people in the past did these kind of wonderful works without any machines, they were genius!!
  • Did not expect such beauty in such preserved condition. The views from the temple across to te Parthenon are special. You will feel like 2.500 years ago.