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Temple of Hephaestus (Thiseio), Athens
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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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  • Nice temple well preserved with a view of the Acropolis: and more with a nice sunset, you can guess the postcard
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  • One of the most preserved temples of Athens. Despite the time, it remains impressive. Well worth a visit.
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  • Were in September 2016 with 5 years of a child. Honestly made a mistake at the planning stage and came to Athens for one day only and tried to show all for 1 day, it is impossible to visit the Agora we were already rather tired and hungry, so the impression it was oiled. So we wandered the Agora was limp and bezjemocional'nye. But! As soon as we climbed on a small hill, then our fatigue nonchalance, well-preserved Temple, well-groomed territory around bugs creeping close in the green grass. Shorter receive aesthetic pleasure as we, and the child. There are in this place, something odd. The temple probably liked more than the Parthenon, but it is most likely due to forests, that spoil the view of the Parthenon.
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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.