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. Plan a Athens trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
Tours to Temple of Hephaestus
$213 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Walking Tour: Ancient Agora, Plaka and Monastiraki monuments
Duration: 3 hours
$39 BOOK WITH VIATOR Skip the Line Ancient Agora and the Agora Museum Tour
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
$14 BOOK WITH VIATOR Athens: Greek Mythology Traces, Self-Guided Audio Tour on your Phone
Duration: 2 hours
Temple of Hephaestus reviews
Its centrally located in Athens. We walked from our Air BNB. Its located inside Agora of Athens. Nice temple. more »
This is a big temple of the Agora and we walked past it as we were passing through the Agora area looking for a restaurant. We stopped and took some photos. It's very impressive. more »
One of the sites to see in the world. Truly amazing, part of the whole host of things you get to see in Athens in your temple walk. Looking down on the city is a truly great experience. Made me feel like Jason Bourne.
Loved it. There was this weird man reading a book. He ended up being on Google Maps. Overall this place was fun and I loved going on a vacation here.
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