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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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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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  • This temple is part of the Greek Agora historical site. It is one of the best preserved temples in Athens. Much less hectic atmosphere compare to the Acropolis and some other places because it is part...  more »
  • Just amazing to see something so very old still standing - almost complete. We should all be very thankful it's managed to survive so many years of turmoil. The Athenians are doing a great job continu...  more »
  • Fantastic to see a complete temple to give an idea of what the rest of acropolis and agora might have looked like. Pretty in the setting sun as it reflects the sunlight.  more »
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  • Absolutely spectacular temple. This is one of the most preserved temples in all of Greece. I enjoyed looking all all the different architectural elements.
  • loved Temple of Hephaestus the most of all sites in Athens. It is well preserved and you can get so close to it. Plan to spend some time there absorbing it in. Hard to capture all of it in one photo due to the setting. there is a small climb to get to it
  • One of the better preserved greek temples from the 415-460 BC period. Although you cannot walk inside it, you can still appreciate the history and the architecture/design.
  • Well preserved temple and the main feature of the Ancient Agora. You can't walk inside but you can still spot the reliefs decorating the exterior. At times it can be crowded but there's plenty to see around it so you can always come back for the photo.
  • A very well preserved temple, a must see if you're in Athens.