Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Greece  /  Attica  /  Athens  /  Temple of Hephaestus

Temple of Hephaestus, Athens

#3 of 63 in Historic Sites in Athens
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Ruin
Little changed in the two millennia since its completion, making Temple of Hephaestus recognizable to many on the northwestern corner of Athens' centrally located ancient agora. Dedicated to Hephaestus, the god of blacksmiths, the Doric temple once stood in the middle of a busy area housing foundries and metalwork shops. Built around 450 BCE of marble carried here from a nearby mountain, the temple features 34 columns and an Ionic frieze portraying the mythical twelve labors of Heracles (Hercules). Christians converted the temple into a church in the 7th century and held services inside until 1833. To gain a better understanding of the ancient world's everyday life, take a guided tour of the temple and the surrounding archeological site. Plan a Athens trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
Create an itinerary including Temple of Hephaestus

Temple of Hephaestus reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
4,527 reviews
  • It is amazing that this temple is so well preserved when everything that sat below it in the Agora was destroyed by invaders or treated as a quarry for building stones. Good descriptive signage...  more »
  • Can’t believe how well preserved / intact the site is. It fantastic that it is on the shadow of the Parthenon as you can get an idea of what the Parthenon would of looked like.  more »
  • One of the sites to see in the world. Truly amazing, part of the whole host of things you get to see in Athens in your temple walk. Looking down on the city is a truly great experience. Made me feel like Jason Bourne.
  • Loved it. There was this weird man reading a book. He ended up being on Google Maps. Overall this place was fun and I loved going on a vacation here.

Plan your trip to Athens

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.