Temple of Hephaestus

Temple of Hephaestus, Athens

Temple of Hephaestus
4.5
Ancient Ruins • Religious Sites
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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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The area
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Neighborhood: Monastiraki
Monastiraki is a souvenir-hunting enclave with a difference. Apart from the dramatic backdrop of the Acropolis, its network of alleys and pedestrianized streets surround the remains of both the Greek and Roman agoras, adding the quaint concept that this is where the ancients also came to shop. Named after the tiny monastery church at its center, Monastiraki Square is a lively spot by day or night, with street peddlers vying for your attention to sell you nuts and sweets. Down beside the metro station, the official Flea Market is an unbroken row of souvenir shops until you come to antique-oriented Platia Avissinias, while Pandrossou Street on the other side of the square offers more tourist shopping. The pedestrianized street beside the Greek Agora is lined with cafés offering fine views.
How to get there
  • Monastiraki • 2 min walk
  • Thissio • 4 min walk
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA11,235 contributions
Beautifully preserved
Aug 2021
It is amazing that this temple is so well preserved when everything that sat below it in the Agora was destroyed by invaders or treated as a quarry for building stones.

Good descriptive signage helps you understand what you are seeing.
Written October 5, 2021
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leileireid
Murano, Italy392 contributions
Utterly amazing
Sep 2021 • Friends
Can’t believe how well preserved / intact the site is. It fantastic that it is on the shadow of the Parthenon as you can get an idea of what the Parthenon would of looked like.
Written September 29, 2021
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia10,375 contributions
Athens best preserved Temple
Jul 2021
The Temple of Hephaestus stands atop a small hill in the ancient Agora - Greek marketplace.
Its architecture is similar to its more famous and bigger brother - the Parthenon on Acropolis, but the Hephaestus is far more better preserved, with around half its roof still standing.
An amazing site and must for any history buff.
Written September 23, 2021
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Javed R
Toronto, Canada14 contributions
Hephaesus
Jul 2021
Its centrally located in Athens. We walked from our Air BNB. Its located inside Agora of Athens. Nice temple.
Written August 24, 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,150 contributions
Big Temple at the Agora
Jul 2021
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.
Written August 19, 2021
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Martin N.
Koprivnica, Croatia46 contributions
Great view on whole Greece
Jun 2021 • Couples
Nice ancient ruins of temple, great view :) free entrance for students or 20eur others, will be back in future, Greece is beautifull
Written June 4, 2021
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Ginges_revenge
Brisbane, Australia2,555 contributions
Again, closed due to the first Covid 19 shut downs.
Mar 2020
It was very disheartening that we couldn't get in to see this magnificent structure as it is truly a beautiful and amazing building and piece of hallowed antiquity. We were there in early March 2020 when the first Covid 19 shut down was in place. I will have to come back when its open to see it from close up, not just from afar.
Written November 7, 2020
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Ibrahim D
229 contributions
Amazing temple!
Sep 2020 • Couples
I would recommend visiting this temple!
It is well preserved and a excellent example of Doric temple architecture and is located in the Roman Agora site.
Written November 6, 2020
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I W
Barrow Upon Soar, UK164 contributions
immaculate
Oct 2020
This temple is part of the Ancient Agora. It's well worth a visit, especially if you have the 30 Euro tourist ticket. This temple is like the Parthenon but just a smaller version, but virtually intact. We visited during covid19 restrictions, so the site wasn't very busy, but the only entrance that was open was on the north side, not far from the Roman Agora.
Written October 25, 2020
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Shallwegothere
Ulceby, UK172 contributions
Impressed with this accidental find
Oct 2020 • Family
We both enjoyed this temple and building complex site. Walk freely amongst the ruins and enjoy the story of this area.
For people under 25, take id for free entrance.
Written October 21, 2020
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