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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. Plan a Athens trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • This is a mostly intact temple, resembling the Parthenon in many ways. I was on a tour with Holland America and time was limited. Thus, I was restricted to having a good view from the acropolis but....  more
    This is a mostly intact temple, resembling the Parthenon in many ways. I was on a tour with Holland America and time was limited. Thus, I was restricted to having a good view from the acropolis but....  more »
  • It is located by agora market. It is one of the intact well preserved temple in agora. Good for pictures And it resembles the parathenon in structure. 
    It is located by agora market. It is one of the intact well preserved temple in agora. Good for pictures And it resembles the parathenon in structure.  more »
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  • 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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