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The Hephaestus tmple in Athens

The Temple of Hephaestus or Thissio as it is called by the Athenians is located in Thission, within the area of the Ancient Agora of Athens (entrance from Monastiraki at Adrianou street) and very close to Areios Pagos and the Acropolis. It was dedicated to Hephaestus and Athens (godess) Ergani . Today the Temple and the area is called Thission based on a more recent opinion that the Temple was dedicated to Theseus.
The Temple of Hephaestus is build in Doric style probably from the Architect of Parthenon Iktinos in 450 BC.

It has 6 columns in each close and 13 on each side.
The pediment sculptures probably represents a battle of Theseus and the Lapiths against the Centaurs in mount Pelion.
On the east front of the Temple, towards to the Ancient Agora on the frieze are sculptures depicting the labours of Hercules. On the western side sculpture is reflected the fall of Troy while in another eastern frieze depicts a battle scene.

Pictures of the temple of Hephaestus

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view of the temple towards Monastiraki

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front view

west side of the temple
Temple of Hephaestus side view



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