Ancient Agora. Athens. Greece. View of the entrance to the opisthodomos on the west end of Hephaisteion, the Temple dedicated to Hephaestus and Athena, divinities of metalworkers and artisans. The frieze above the entrance shows the battle of Lapiths and Centaurs, with Theseus conspicuous and the Centaur Kaineus being pounded into the ground by a Lapith. The Temple which crowns the Agoraios Kolonos hill overlooking the Agora was built between 450-415 BC; the build time was protracted as it was competing for workers due to the great period of rebuilding after the Persians wars. The temple, which is the best preserved of antiquity, has a Doric peristyle of 36 columns (6 by 13columns) and is smaller than the majestic Parthenon although it shares the masterful optical refinements of the famous landmark.
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