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Temple of Hephaestus
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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.
Reviewed November 17, 2013

Situated in the ancient Agora, this 4th century BC temple of Hephaestus Great God of metalwork and craftsmanship, appears shimmering, magnificent in the morning sunlight..

Impressive marble Doric columns dominate, and can also be seen when walking uphill to the Acropolis..Looking down from there, the view is unmissable..

Such a stunningly large temple,building , with its interesting history of usage over the centuries, .

Enjoyed very much the time spent there, gazing and dreaming of times long long ago

Thank Tanzymac
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

This temple is nothing shy of breathtaking. It is perfectly preserved and offers the visitor a detailed look into temple construction. The columns are flawless, the polished marble which fills the interior still shines. It is a humbling moment to sit and absorb. Located within the Agora, it is one of two temples which populate the area. The other is a Macedemian domed temple which is entirely different and dates significantly later.

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Reviewed November 8, 2013

This temple was lit up and visible from our hotel. It looks alluring at night, so we set out to find it the next day. It's a gem, well preserved and still located in situ.

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Reviewed November 8, 2013

The temple of Hephaistos is also known as the Thisío or Thiseio from the external frieze showing the exploits of Theseus (and Hercules). Entry is through the ancient agora. It is amazing for its state of preservation and offers good views to the Parthenon.

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Reviewed November 3, 2013

Sure, the Parthenon is the must-see site in ancient Athens, but I liked the Temple of Hephaestus almost as much. It's much more complete than the Parthenon, and it's surrounded by woodland and gardens, which makes it feel very atmospheric.

I strongly recommend visiting it at the same time that you go to the Acropolis!

1  Thank James_Manktelow
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