Temple of Hephaestus

Local nameΝαός Ηφαίστου
LocationAthens, Greece

Enshrined to Hephaestus, god of craftsmanship and metalwork, this is one of the best preserved ancient Greek temples. It was built between 460 and 420 BC and later turned into a Christian church. As such, it was used until the end of Turkish occupation and that's why it's so well preserved.

Made of Pentelic marble, the temple is a nice example of the Doric order, which is characterized by the simple circular capitals at the top of columns.

Several other buildings around the US and UK were inspired by the Temple of Hephaestus - such as Arlington House in Arlington, Virginia, or New Parliament House in Edinburgh, UK.

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Opening hours

Last admission 15 minutes before closing.

Closed on Jan 1, Mar 25, May 1, Easter Sunday, Dec 25, Dec 26. Other holidays may have shorter opening hours.


Ancient Agora and Museum of Ancient Agora:
Adults: €10
Seniors (65+), students: €5
Children (up to 18): free

Special ticket package:
Adults: €30
Seniors (65+), students: €15
Children (up to 18): free
This ticket is valid for 5 days for most of the monuments run by the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sport.

Free admission: Mar 6, Apr 18, May 18, the last weekend of Sep, every first Sunday from Nov 1 to Mar 31, Oct 28.

More information and contact

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Hephaestus

Official website http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/2/eh251.jsp?obj_id=6621

Email efaath@culture.gr

Phone +30 210 321 0185

Address Adrianou 9, Athens 10555, Greece

Coordinates 37°58'32.193" N 23°43'17.141" E

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