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Hephaisteion

July 1, 2009

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The Hephaisteion (or Theseion) dominates the hill west of the Agora in Athens. It is the best-preserved ancient temple in Greece and an iconic example of the Doric style. It was built in the mid-fifth century BCE during the Periklean building program but was converted into an Orthodox church (Ag. Giorgios Akamates) in the seventh century CE. Between 1834 and 1934 it actually served as a museum. This view is from the southwest and was taken in May 2008.

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East facade of the Hephaisteion seen from the Agora (May 2008).

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The Hephaisteion seen from the reconstructed Stoa of Attalos (May 2008).

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Another view from the Agora (May 2008)

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Viewed from the Acropolis

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