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Published: July 19th 2018
Temple of Hephaestus
The best preserved ancient temple in Athens. Not surprised, given he was the god of engineering.
Day 22 - Below and Above Ground
We were able to get our airport transfer to swing by the caves on the way to the airport so we planned to leave Athens after lunch. We filled our morning with one more set of ruins and a bit of shopping.
The Temple of Hephaestus was part of an area called the Ancient Agora. This area shows evidence of habitation as early as 2000 BC. The temple was one of the most complete temples found in Athens. It makes sense that the Greek god of the forge and engineering had a pretty sturdy temple. It also helps that it was turned into a church at one point.
The area below the temple was a big meeting place for locals and was where citizens could go to view decrees and announcements. The attached museum had some very interesting artifacts from everyday life including the methods for selecting citizens for juries and for voting.
After visiting the Agora we stopped at a few shops to pick up the last of the souvenirs we had been eyeing during our stay.
We spent some time here looking at the temple in detail. Plus it was in the shade.
Michelle ended up with a Greek dress, sandals and a gold laurel wreath to complete the outfit.
A quick stop for sandwiches and then we headed back to the house to pack and take showers before heading to the airport. On the way we made a quick detour to visit the Koutouki Caves in the cliffs above Paiania. They were not too extensive and were first discovered in the 1920s by a shepherd who lost a goat through a crack in the cave roof. It was a nice cave and tour and looked similar to many other caves we have been in.
From there our next stop was the airport. Because the caves closed at 3PM we ended up at the airport VERY early. A leisurely lunch and seats in front of the Armani store made the time pass, if not quickly, then at least with some amusement.
It was very nice to make it back to our flat in London. It was familiar enough to call home after being away for several days. Our next few days will be filled with domestic chores and some small amusements before
Everything about this temple was fascinating. Plus.. it was in the shade.
our next trip.
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