August 05, 2015

Temple of Hephaestus - Athens, Greece

It's only one of the best preserved Doric temples in the world. No big deal, right?

Situated on a hill overlooking the Agora but overshadowed by the nearby Acropolis, the Temple of Hephaestus is an eye-catching structure in the historic center of Athens. A single 12 euro ticket* provides entry into the Ancient Agora of which the Temple of Hephaestus is a part. Late on the evening of our first day in Athens, less than an hour before the site closed, we entered the Agora for a quick look around.

It was in the magical haze of just before sunset that we saw the Temple of Hephaestus peeking through the fence post-like trees around it and above the ruined walls and paths of the Agora. It's eye-catching, and so excitingly complete. Well, minus the decorative stone panels that were absconded to the British Museum and the Greek museums.

We were so fascinated with the Temple that we returned again the following day for more photos and to soak in the quiet atmosphere of this little hill beneath the Acropolis.

Have you visited the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens?

*Cost: 12 euros per person, but includes admission to the Acropolis, the North and South Slope of the Acropolis, Hadrian's Library, the Roman Agora, Kerameikos, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. The Temple of Hephaestus is part of the Ancient Agora.
Time Needed: 1-2 hours for the entire Agora
Accessibility: There are two entrances to the site. The main entrance is located just off Adrianou Road, and a smaller, quieter entrance is located near the back entrance to the Acropolis on Polignotou Road.
Money-Saving Tips: Download Rick Steves' free podcasts on your smartphone to learn more about the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus. Bring a refillable water bottle as the site contains fountains, and it can be very warm in Athens from May through September.
Other Tips: Wear comfortable shoes as the ancient cobblestones can be difficult to walk on and stones are scattered everywhere. There are restrooms located in the recreated Stoa near the main entrance to the site, and there are vending machines selling bottled drinks and snacks located at the exits.

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  1. this is so perfect since we are heading to athens later next month!!
    can't wait to follow along!


    1. Awesome! I hope you like Greece as much as I did! I'll be posting even more about Athens over the next week or so, highlighting some of our favorite eateries in particular. :)

  2. Haven't been to Athens yet though Gordon has. It is on our list. Walking on cobblestones is always tricky so comfortable shoes are essential

  3. That's a good tip about downloading podcasts to take with you while you check out the site! Cheers - Ellen

  4. When in Athens, I saw this temple from afar but didn't get close (which is a shame). I live the podcast tip. I am going to see if Rick Steves has Spain related podcast. I am visiting in October and this seems like a good idea to visit a place in ocntext.


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