The Temple of Hephaestus at the Ancient Agora of Athens

Temple of Hephaestus

Athens is a city full of ancient wonder, most famous being The Acropolis, but this Temple of Hephaestus seems to be in the best condition of all the ancient ruins we saw saw during our visit.

As a tourist you can access the temple with a visit to The Athenian Agora, which is well worth a visit because it is full of amazing history.

The Agora of Athens was the center of the ancient city: a large, open square where the citizens could assemble for a wide variety of purposes. On any given day the space might be used as a market, or for an election, a dramatic performance, a religious procession, military drill, or athletic competition. Here administrative, political, judicial, commercial, social, cultural, and religious activities all found a place together in the heart of Athens, and the square was surrounded by the public buildings necessary to run the Athenian government.

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Temple of Hephaestus

If you are like us and have never heard of Hephaestus you might be interested to learn that he was a patron god of metal working, fire, and craftsmanship. It is believed that the temple had many potters’ workshops and metal shops around the temple in order to gain benefit from the god.