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    The temple of Hephaistos – known as the Thisio – is one of the best preserved in Athens. Admission includes entrance to the Stoa of Attallus Museum.
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    The temple of Hephaistos (Naos Ifestou) was devoted to the god of smiths. There were foundries and metal-workers’ shops in this area in ancient times (similar outfits are still in action – across the railway tracks). It is more popularly known as the Thisio, because of the carved metopes on top of the columns, which show the expoits of Theseus. Other panels displayed here depict the labours of Hercules.

    The Thisio is the best-pre-served of all the temples in Athens, and measures around half the size of the Parthenon, with 34 Doric columns comprising its graceful peristyle. The aromatic garden that surrounds it is planted with various trees and shrubs, including pomegranate, myrtle, olive and cypress trees, which flourished there in Roman times.

    If you are returning to the Agora’s entrance from the Thisio, you will pass on your left the site of the Altar of the 12 Gods. In ancient Greece, distances from Athens were measured from this point.

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      • Titania (Hotel)
        1.17 Km from Temple of Hephaestus
        Titania Hotel is a 4 star historic hotel in the center of Athens, Greece. It is located on Panepistimiou Street, in the heart of the historical and commercial centre of the Greek capital, between the two major squares, Syntagma and Omonoia. Titania has been renovated in 2004 and 2007, is decorated with Pentelic marble, and exquisite inlaid mosaics with themes from Greek history. Titania has two of the largest conference centers in central Athens, the "Europa" and "Ouranos", h...
      • National Gallery (Athens)
        2.43 Km from Temple of Hephaestus
        The National Art Gallery and Alexander Soutzos Museum (Greek: Εθνική Πινακοθήκη, Ethniki Pinakothiki) is an art museum in Athens devoted to Greek and European art from the 14th century to the 20th century. It is directed by Marina Lambraki-Plaka.
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      • Folk Art Museum of Acharnes
        11.20 Km from Temple of Hephaestus
        The Folk Art Museum of Acharnes is a museum in Acharnes, a northern suburb of Athens, Greece. It was founded in 1977 by the local Greek Mountaineering Society, which also formed the Historical and Folklore Association in 1981, to which it bequeathed the museum in 1982. The archaeological part of the collection was then separated from the historical and folklore material and was given to the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Former Minister Melina Mercouri founded for it the Archaeological Museum of ...
      • Vorres Museum
        11.35 Km from Temple of Hephaestus
        The Vorres Museum is a diachronic museum of folk and contemporary art in Paiania, East Attica, Greece. Its grounds cover 80 acres (320,000 m2) including several buildings, gardens and courtyards. Its collection includes over 6000 pieces covering 4000 years of Greek history and art. The museum has been donated by the Vorres family to the Greek state. Its President and Founder was Ian Vorres (1924 - 2015), who studied in Canada at Queen's University and Toronto University.
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      • Attica Zoological Park
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      • Marathon Dam
        26.68 Km from Temple of Hephaestus
        The Marathon Dam is a gravity dam on the Charadros River, near its junction with the Varnavas Stream, 8 km (5 mi) west of Marathon and 45 km (28 mi) northeast of Athens in Greece. The dam created Lake Marathon for the primary purpose of municipal water supply. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, it was the sole supplier of water to Athens until 1959. The dam is often cited for its role in the modernization of Greece and the first recorded case of seismic activity associated with reservoir inundat...
      • Terra Vibe Park
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        Terra Vibe is a park in Attica, Greece, which is used as a venue for large-scale outdoor events, such as concerts and festivals. Opened in 2004, it has hosted events such as the Rockwave Festival and Terra Vibe Festival, and covers 40 acres (160,000 m2). In 2010, the Sonisphere Festival took place and the Big Four of thrash metal performed with headliners Metallica. Mötley Crüe were due to play Rockwave in 2009 as part of the Crüe Fest tour but due to heavy rain in the Malakasa area, the venue w...

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      • Ancient Agora of Athens

        Wander around the sprawling ruins of the ancient marketplace, where democracy and philosophy had their beginnings.

        The museum within holds a large collection of pots, coins, household objects and pottery fragments (ostraka), on which the Athenians wrote names of prominent men they wanted to vote into exile. Also here are a huge bronze shield taken from the Spartans during the Peloponnesian War and a klirotirion, and unusual device for relegating public duties by lot – and important feature of ancient Athenian democracy.

        Ancient Agora of Athens Adrianou, Athina 105 55, Greece
      • Monastiraki Flea Market
        Monastiraki is named after the Great Monastery founded here ten centuries ago, whose only remnant is the sunken church, the Pantanassa.

        On the south side of the square is the 18th-century Mosque of the Turkish Bazaar, which was built with marble from one of the massive columns of the temple of Olympian Zeus. Minus its minaret, it has now become a branch of the Greek Folk Art Museum.

        The first-floor balcony offers fine views of the market bustle below.
        Monastiraki Flea Market Ifestou 2, Athina 105 55, Greece
      • Stoa of Attalos
        Inside the Stoa of Attalos there is the Agora Museum; Open 8.30am-2.45pm, closed Mon. Artifacts from the ancient marketplace and miniature models of the Acropolis and Agora in classical times.
        Stoa of Attalos Adrian 24 24, Αθήνα 105 55, Greece
      • Hadrian's Library
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        Hadrian's Library Areos 3, Athina 105 55, Greece
      • Keramikos Archaeological Site

        Lying to the west of the Agora, along Ermou Street, is the ancient cemetery Keramikos. Off the beaten tourist track, you can explore the extensive ruins and sculpted tombs in relative peace.

        This was the burial site of important Athenians, and the collection of rich jewellery, gold, glass and ceramics found in their graves, dating back to the 7th century BC, indicates their statues.

        These items are on display in the cemetery’s small museum, which with its strikingly beautiful painted vessels and unusual offering channels and figurines is a real gem for pottery lovers.

        Keramikos Archaeological Site Ermou 148, Athina 105 53, Greece
      • The Pnyx

        This terraced hillside is the location of the Acropolis Sound and Light performances. The Pnyx – meaning ‘tightly packed space’ – is where the free citizens of 5th-century BC Athens met in democratic assembly.

        At that time, the rocky platform here was the site of the Stone of Vima, an ancient Speaker’s Corner, where people gathered to hear the likes of Pericles, Themistocles and Demosthenes hold forth.

        The Pnyx Mouson 23, Athina 117 41, Greece
      • The Horologion of Andronikos Of Kyrrhos

        Built by the astronomer Andronikos in the 1st century BC. It once contained an elaborate water clock that was fed by a spring on the Acropolis. Sculptures on each of the eight sides of the octagonal marble tower represent the eight points of the compass and the corresponding wind.

        You’ll spot Notos, the south end, pouring water from an urn, while Zephyros, the west wind, scatters spring flowers.

        Spread out below the tower are the remains of the Roman Forum (Romaiki Agora). On the far side, the four Doric columns were part of the Gate of Athena Archegetis, which marked the main entrance to the market area. One door support, protected by a rusty iron grille, is inscribed with Emperor Hadrian’s edict taxing olive oil.

        The Horologion of Andronikos Of Kyrrhos Aiolou, Athina 105 55, Greece
      • Pandrossou Street Market
        This is flea market of mainly tourist shops selling leather bags, women rugs, furs, slippers and worry beads.
        Pandrossou Street Market Pandrossou 26-28, Athina 105 56, Greece
      • Propylaea

        Six Doric columns mark the monumental entrance to the Acropolis. More than a grand gateway, the function of the Propylaea was to generate awe and respect, and prepare lesser mortals for a meeting with the goddess.

        Construction began in 437 BC, but was halted five year later by the Pelopon-nesian War and never finished.

        The central and largest of the gateways was intended for chariots and approached by a ramp: steps lead up to the four other entries.

        As you reach the porch, you’ll see Ionic as well as Doric columns; this was the first building to incorporate both styles (compare the solid majesty of the Doric with the light elegance of the Ionic).

        The Pinakotheke on the left side housed a gallery of paintings done on wooden panels, depicting heroic deeds.

        Propylaea Acropolis, Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athina 105 58, Greece
      • Temple of Athena Nike

        This enchanting temple, with a graceful Ionic portio, perches high on a terrace off to the right (southwest) of the Propylaea, and has a glorious panorama of the sea and distant mountains.

        Built between 427 and 424 BC by the architect Callicrates, during a respite from the Peloponnesian War, it was devoted to Athena as the goddess of peace and victory.

        The temple housed a statue of her which became known as the Wingless Victory herself was always shown with wings. The temple was torn down by the Turks in 1687 to make way for an artillery position; the one which is now standing was later painstakingly reassembled from the rubble by archaeologists during the 19th and 20th centuries.

        Passing through the Propylaea, you come out into the great sloping plateau of the Acropolis. Try to imagine the scene 2,400 years ago, when these masterworks of architecture and sculpture were going up. Scores of stone cutters; carpenters, founders and braziers, goldsmiths, ivory workers, painters, dyers, and even embroiderers swarmed over this ground. For the most part they were freemen, not slaves, practitioners of nearly every art and craft then known.

        Dominating the immediate foreground was an enormous bronze statue of Athena under another guise – Athena Promachos, the Defender. This statue of the goddess holding shield and spear was created by Phipias to honour the visitor at Marathon.

        It’s said that sailors could spot the tip of her helmet as their ships sailed around the gulf from Sounion. That statue stood here for 1,000 years, until it was carted off to Constantinople in the 6th century AD.

        Temple of Athena Nike Acropolis, Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athina 105 58, Greece

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      Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
      Jan 10.6 61.2 51.1 24.1
      Feb 11.1 46.3 52 18.2
      Mar 12.7 37.9 54.9 14.9
      Apr 16.3 22.8 61.3 9
      May 20.7 20.7 69.3 8.1
      Jun 25.1 12.1 77.2 4.8
      Jul 28.2 4 82.8 1.6
      Aug 28.1 7.8 82.6 3.1
      Sep 24.7 15.4 76.5 6.1
      Oct 20.5 51.9 68.9 20.4
      Nov 16 66.8 60.8 26.3
      Dec 12.6 75.7 54.7 29.8

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        • The temple is smaller but better preserved. It is situated in a more quiet corner so it has a nice sophisticated, historic feeling. Good to visit.
        • Take the time to walk around this temple and sit on one of the benches located around and enjoy the beauty. We also saw a tortoise in the vicinity. All things you will miss if you don't fit and enjoy the beauty.
        • It is the well preserved old greek building and it is inside the Agora.
        • Was an extremely hot day. Other than that there were allot of restoration going on. Big crowds of people. But a truly beautiful place
        • Well preserved temple. Very nice architecture

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