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Temple of Hephaestus

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Temple of Hephaestus

The Temple of Hephaestus or Hephaisteion is a Greek temple that remains preserved mostly as built. It is a Doric temple located at the north-west side of the Agora of Athens on top of a hill. The temple is named in the honour of Hephaestus who was the patron god of metalworking, craftsmanship, and fire. Construction started in 449 BCE, and after significant funding delays the temple was officially completed and inaugurated in 416–415 BC.

Around AD 700, the temple was turned into a Christian church, dedicated to Saint George. As a Christian church, the building’s condition has been maintained which accounts for why this temple is one of the best-preserved temples from Ancient Classical Greece. The last Divine Liturgy in the temple took place in 1833, during the celebrations for the arrival of King Otto in Greece.

Temple of Hephaestus

  • History of the site
  • Hephaestus
  • Doric Columns

Temple of Hephaestus – Photo Gallery

  • Temple of Hephaestus – Photo Gallery

Temple of Hephaestus

  • Name:        Temple of Hephaestus
  • Greek:        Ναός του Ηφαίστου
  • Built:          Starting in 449 BCE
  • City:            Athens
  • Country:     Greece
  • Location:    Athens, Greece

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“Time is the wisest counsellor of all.”
– Pericles

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Photo Credit: JOM

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