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Temple of Hephaestus (Thiseio), Athens

Categories: Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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Little changed in the two millennia since its completion, making Temple of Hephaestus (Thiseio) 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 (Thiseio) and beyond, use our Athens trip itinerary maker to get the most from your Athens vacation.
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  • Standing on the side of the Ancient Agora this small temple of Hephastus is worth visiting and should not be overlooked. Its is well preserved and the surrounding park area will be a pleasant suprise 
  • Greek Athenian status at its best, a walk in downtown ancient city not to be missed, great idea of how things were in the past 
  • One of the best preserved temples in a beautiful landscape that offers views of the Acropolis. Don't miss out!
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  • 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!
  • Very nice and fairly complete temple situated at a nice place above a hill by the Parthenon. There, you can take a nice picture of the place and also have the city + parthenon in the background so it's quite nice. I'd say this is one of the better places to visit, among the other places in Athens.
  • This is one of the most complete of the monuments, it looks amazing, but again...not enough info on it. It would have been nice to have something to inform us on what we are looking at.
  • Perhaps the best site in the entire Ancient Agora. I think structurally it's pretty similar to that of the Parthenon except without the usual crowds. However, because of the vegetation around the site, it's difficult to take panoramic photos.
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