Temple of Hephaestus
Temple of Hephaestus
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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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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.
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  • Monastiraki • 2 min walk
  • Thissio • 4 min walk
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  • Naija M
    Algiers, Algeria646 contributions
    One of the best sites in Athens
    I visited this place because entrance was included as part of the €30 ticket I purchased when I visited the Acropolis. I was not disappointed, in fact, I’m some ways this was my favourite archaeological site in Athens. It covers a wide area and seemed less crowded than some of the other sites. It includes a small museum and the temple.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written December 27, 2022
  • Chaitanya
    Cambridge, Canada1,236 contributions
    Impressive and Historically Significant
    One of the better preserved ruins in the ancient agora of athens. Its an amazing structure and provides an amazing view of the Acropolis as it is slightly elevated in its location. The story of its importance and how it came to be is provided in the Stoa of Attolas and museum. It was one of the main temples I wanted to check out when visiting the agora and was happy i got to see it. Completely worth it. As mentioned in other reviews - ancient agora is a must visit. Tickets are for 10 euros/person.
    Visited October 2022
    Written February 22, 2023
  • _J_o_y_K_911_
    London, United Kingdom177 contributions
    Stunning ancient structure
    Very well preserved temple. It’s breathtaking to see yourself. It’s a part of ancient Agora, so you ticket will cover this temple as well. Free entry on 6 Mar, 18 April and 18 May.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 17, 2023
  • Warby
    Bicester, United Kingdom3,753 contributions
    Well preserved and interesting
    Within in the Agora this is probably the most complete temple in Athens. Well preserved and used in recent history. Very interesting looking down to the centre of the Agora gave you a real sense of its place in history
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Jydeoo
    Lagos, Nigeria2,311 contributions
    Mesmerizing...
    The Temple of Hephaestus, located on the northwest side of the Ancient Agora of Athens, was a sacred site dedicated to the god of craftsmanship, metal, and fire. It is one of the better preserved ancient structures, and architecture is stupendous: including intricately laid out and decorated marble ceiling. The whole temple appeared to be meticulously carved from marble, and it is marvelous that one could walk 360° all the way round the temple with only a rope cordon that is just about a meter away from the marble walls. The Temple of Hephaestus offers a glimpse into the religious practices of ancient Greeks and their reverence for Hephaestus, the god of invention and craftsmanship. The intricate marble columns reflect the architectural style of ancient Greek temples and the artistic excellence prevalent in their construction methods. I would have loved to see a 3D model of what this temple looked like in ancient times or even have an immersive virtual visit. I guess such extra trappings would come in the future. , For now, this site is included in the Ancient Agora ticket, and for me, it is its crown jewel.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia1,680 contributions
    Highlight of Ancient Agora
    Temple is incredibly well preserved located in the ancient Agora complex at top of the hill. In the whole Acropolis complex maybe the best-preserved building to see, you can walk around whole temple and be within a few meters of it at all times. Detail to Temple is really good and I would put visiting Temple of Hephaestus on par with Parthenon. A must do while in Athens.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,321 contributions
    One of The Main Highlights At the Ancient Agora
    Built around 450 BC, during during the ‘Golden Age’ of Athens, the Temple of Hephaestus is one of the best preserved structures at the Ancient Agora. Together with the Attalos Stoa, it is one of the highlights here. The temple is dedicated to the Hephaestus, the Olympian god of fire and blacksmiths and son of Zeus. It's located at the top of a hill which means that you have to walk up to it. The Agora is a big place and on a hot day, you can quickly lose the will to continue. I was certainly flagging by the time we got to the base of the hill (especially as we had tried to combine the Acropolis and the Agora in the one day - big mistake). However I’m glad I didn’t give up. It’s only a very small hill and a gentle climb and is well worth continuing. The temple is an imposing sight - 13.7m wide and 31.8m long, with all of the columns, the architrave and frieze, still intact. Given that it was built around the same sort of time as the Parthenon, it gives you a really good idea of what the Parthenon would have looked like if it had also been so well-preserved. You can’t go inside, but from the front porch, we could see through to the cella, the temple centre which held the statues of the gods. You can also walk all the way around the outside. What you see here is an excellent example of a Doric temple. Six Pentelic marble columns stand at the front, and 13 columns run down each side. We could still see the friezes around the top of the inner columns, although they have been damaged by earthquakes and invasions.
 Apparently, the frieze and sculptures on the eastern side (front) show the labours of Hercules and the battle of Theseus with the Pallentides, (Pallas’ 50 sons). At the back, the sculptures show the fall of Troy. We tried but we couldn’t really make out this level of detail. We might have been able to see more detail if we'd had a good, long lens camera. The temple has had a long life. It was converted into the Orthodox church of St George in the 7th century. In 1834, the official welcome of King Otto, first king of the modern Greek state, was held here and it housed a museum right up until the 1930s. TICKET TIP: The combo ticket is very good value. It includes entry to both the Ancient Agora and the Acropolis as well as 5 other sites. At €30, it is well worth it (entry to the Agora on its own is €10 and the Acropolis is €20). It is worth noting that in winter, most sites are half price so the combo ticket is not such good value then.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 28, 2023
  • ErkiBear
    London, United Kingdom380 contributions
    probably the most impressive of the other ancient sites
    Included in the combined ticket for the Acropolis, this is probably the most impressive of the other sites. Spent a good while wandering about and taking some great pictures. Really helps bring life in ancient greece back to life.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 10, 2023
  • Richard M
    Hampstead Norreys, United Kingdom870 contributions
    Incredible Temple
    As one of the most complete temples in Athens, this gives you an amazing sense of what some of the other more ruined structures would have looked like. The size is incredible and there are a lot of surviving carvings on the walls. Provides a great view over the Athenian Agora as well.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 26, 2023
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jordanellie41
Longridge, UK1,064 contributions
Sep 2019
This temple is a monumental sight sitting at the very top of the site. It's definitely worth visiting even if you don't have the multi-ticket. It can sometimes be difficult to get good photos as it's in a very enclosed space except at the rear of the temple. Not to be missed.
Written January 2, 2020
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Ginges_revenge
Brisbane, Australia4,699 contributions
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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MargaritaMumLondon
London, UK78 contributions
Oct 2021
Really wanted to see this and the Stoa as we could see them from the Parthenon, and also because of the mythology. Huge grounds with higgedly-piggedly stones, mounts, carvings, ancient fountains and markets, and parts of statues with lots of olive and citrus trees around. The Temple was nice as you could get relatively close to it, and still see some intact carvings in the pediment. Downside was if you had walking issues or were in a wheelchair, you couldn't really access the sights. A decent alternative if you can't see the Parthenon - it gives you the idea of what a temple might have been like at the time.
Written October 23, 2021
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Tsur
Metulla, Israel135 contributions
May 2019
if u come in the morning & or in the sunset - it makes it different pics if u like taking photoes. dont come middle day its crowded. gring good shoes as u might slide on the rocks.
Written January 6, 2020
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Demothesis
Portsmouth, UK264 contributions
Mar 2022
As part of the Athens agora site, is the Temple of Hephaestus. My favourite temple in Athens as it is mostly intact and gives you a superb indication as to how Ancient Athens actually looked at its height. The rest of the agora, whilst in not such completed condition is included in the ticket price and well worth a good hour or so stroll.
Written March 22, 2022
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada11,739 contributions
Sep 2021
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 was unable to go down to see it. Our guide told us that it was one of the few temples with a mostly intact roof.
Written December 20, 2021
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,664 contributions
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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Matthew P
London, UK4,276 contributions
Sep 2022
A short walk up hill and you arrive at the temple, the view is lovely as is the breeze as it was a tad warm. The temple has loads of carving if you look at the higher parts of the walls. People were working on the ground so we were not allowed in, which was a pity. As i would of liked to walk through.
Written September 20, 2022
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Naija M
Algiers, Algeria646 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
I visited this place because entrance was included as part of the €30 ticket I purchased when I visited the Acropolis. I was not disappointed, in fact, I’m some ways this was my favourite archaeological site in Athens. It covers a wide area and seemed less crowded than some of the other sites. It includes a small museum and the temple.
Written December 27, 2022
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I W
Leicestershire, UK290 contributions
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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