Temple of Hephaestus#7 in Best Things To Do in Athens
One of central Athens' best preserved ruins is the Temple of Hephaestus. Nestled within Ancient Agora, this site was built between 460 and 420 B.C. and once served as a Christian church. Eventually, the building was transformed into an archaeological museum before undergoing excavations in 1930 and later opening to tourists.
According to prior visitors, the Temple of Hephaestus is "impressive" and "definitely worth a visit." In fact, some felt this ruin deserved more accolades than the Parthenon, despite its smaller size. Like most sights found in Ancient Agora and the Acropolis, the Temple of Hephaestus can only be viewed from the outside, so time your visit early in the morning to take in everything while temperatures are cooler. Also, consider visiting Ancient Agora first if you plan on seeing its attractions and those at the Acropolis within the same day. The Temple of Hephaestus and other Ancient Agora ruins are open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., meaning they close two hours before those located at the Acropolis.
A parking lot is not available at the Temple of Hephaestus, so the easiest way to reach the site is to take the metro to Thissio or Monastiraki station. Multiple bus stops also sit nearby. Inside Ancient Agora, you'll have find restrooms and water fountains. Access to all of the site's attractions is covered by visitor passes, which can be purchased at the ticket office. One-day tickets cost 8 euros (roughly $9) each, while five-day unified tickets cost 30 euros ($32.50) per person. Additional information about the Temple of Hephaestus can be found on the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports' ODYSSEUS website.
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#1 Acropolis Museum
As its name suggests, the Acropolis Museum – which resides in central Athens' Makrigianni district – houses various archaeological findings from the Acropolis. Key exhibits include a relief of Athena Nike, several carved statues from Erechtheion and a gallery with various Parthenon artifacts.
Many previous travelers said the Acropolis Museum was one of the best museums they'd ever visited, citing the property's displays as the perfect complement to the Acropolis' ruins. Another plus: the museum's design. Several visitors raved about the attraction's construction, especially its glass floors that offer a peek at the ruins situated beneath the building.
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