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Αθήνα,ναός Ηφαίστου - Athens,Hefaestus Temple

Αθήνα,ναός Ηφαίστου - Athens,Hefaestus Temple
The Agora of Athens is dominated by the Hephaistheum, which stands, surrounded by strips of lawn and clumps of oleander, atop the hill of Kolonos Agoraios on the northwest side of the Agora. This Temple was dedicated to Hephaestus, the blacksmith God, and Goddess Athena. Two lateral stairways lead up to it. For many years this Temple was assumed to be the Sanctuary dedicated to Theseus, whose exploits are featured on its metopes. In fact the real Theseum, built by Kimon in 475 B.C.E., stood on the east side of the Agora, at the foot of the Acropolis. The Hephaistheum by contrast was built in about 449 B.C.E., two years before work began on the Parthenon, and its architect is unknown. Having escaped destruction several times, the Temple remained practically intact until the mid 7th century C.E., when it was occupied by the Christian church.



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