Athens – Ancient Agora & Hephaisteion (July 2017)

As I wandered around Athens, there were two buildings that caught my eye, the Stoa of Attalos and the Hephaisteion temple.  Both of which are accessed via the Ancient Agora and entry was possible with my multi site pass.

The Ancient Agora was built around 600 BC and was the cultural centre of Athens, with law courts, theatres and schools adding to the temples and shops that made up the agora. Interestingly, Socrates was executed in the prison here around 399 BC.

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Ancient Agora

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Ancient Agora

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Ancient Agora with the Hephaisteion temple in the background

Stoa of Attalos was destroyed around 267 BC and rebuilt between 1953 and 1956.  It was rebuilt on the original foundations and using ancient material.  This two storey building which formally housed shops is now a museum, the building is impressive and gives an indication of what the agora would have looked like 2500 years ago.

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Stoa of Attalos

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Stoa of Attalos

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Stoa of Attalos

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Stoa of Attalos

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Stoa of Attalos

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Stoa of Attalos

The Hephaisteion temple was built around 440 BC and is the best preserved building on the site.  Its relatively good repair owes to the fact that the building has had many uses over the years.

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The Hephaisteion temple as seen from the Acropolis

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The Hephaisteion temple

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The Hephaisteion temple

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The Hephaisteion temple

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The Hephaisteion temple

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The Hephaisteion temple

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The Hephaisteion temple

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The Hephaisteion temple

I was done in, I had spend a couple of days visiting some of the ancient sites of Greece and also exploring Athens and loved it, but it was hot and I needed to cool down and rest.  The decision was made on my next destination, I was heading for a beach…

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