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Temple of Hephaestus

Address: Agoraios Kolonos Hill | Ancient Agora of Athens, Athens, Greece
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Ranked #2 of 178 Attractions in Athens
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This ancient Greek temple, located on the Acropolis and dedicated to Hephaistos, god of the forge...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This ancient Greek temple, located on the Acropolis and dedicated to Hephaistos, god of the forge, is one of the few temples to be almost entirely preserved.

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Leven
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 via mobile

We first saw the temple from the Acropolis and made sure we paid it a visit. I found it more atmospheric than the Parthenon particularly in the surroundings of the Ancient Agora. It's better preserved than many of the other ruins and has excellent views to the Acropolis

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

The exterior is still intact but there is nothing to see inside the temple and there is no entry allowed inside just like other structures of Athens.

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Ankeny, Iowa
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is the temple you can see in the distance from the Parthenon and this temple was built first before the "real one" was created. If you have a ticket from the Parthenon then the entrance fee is free/waived by getting your ticket stamped (several sites around Athens is the exact same way! And if you are a student you... More 

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Sutton England
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Again, entrance should be covered on the main sites ticket you get for the Acropolis and it is well worth the visit. Set in some lovely gardens this temple probably gives the best idea of what one of these temples was like, if they could only restore the roof and make it a bit more accessible it would be perfect.

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Dallas , TX
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

not worth to go, search pics on web is better! Athens is not worth to go, expensive with full of thefts

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Mons, Hainaut, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

It was the only one that preserve most of it structure. Very close from others ancients sites. Not that big as the others temples.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The best preserved ancient monument out of everything in Athens. So cool to walk around it and see history live.

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ATHENS HELLAS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The temple of Hephaestus in Agoraios Colonus, known also as "Thissio", is the best preserved example of Doric temple in Greece and one of the greatest monuments of the building program of Pericles. It was built shortly after the middle of the 5th century. B.C. and was dedicated to Hephaestus and Athena Ergane, the hill that overlooks the Agora Square.... More 

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Albany, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

An easy stop and fewer people than the better-known names. Is in better condition than most of the other temples. Worth stopping while exploring the area on foot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Compared to the temples of the Acropolis, this temple has been preserved very well. There are almost no signs of destruction. It is located in a very quiet and peaceful Agora. There weren't as many tourists as in the Acropolis. We had a chance to sit down in the garden and enjoy the view.

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