Temple of Hephaestus

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Tags : Monument

Timings : Summer: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM,
Winter: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Entry Fee : Included in Acropolis ticket

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Temple of Hephaestus, Athens Overview

Temple of Hephaestus is among the very few structures left in Athens, standing as it was originally built. Hephaestus was the god of metal working, craftsmanship and fire. Around 700 CE, the temple was turned into a church dedicated to Saint George. When Athens became Greece's capital in 1834, the publication of the relevant royal edict was made in this temple.

The temple was also used as cemetery for non-Orthodox Europeans in the 19th century. Among them were many Philhellenes, who gave their lives for the cause of the Greek War of Independence (1821 _ 1830). The building is made of marble with its ceiling being wooden. The tiles are made of terracota and steps of limestone.

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