Tuesday, 11 October 2016

DESKTOP 1169 - THESSEION, ATHENS

On the North side of the Western section of the Agora of ancient Athens stands the temple of the Thesseion, one of the best preserved ancient temples in Greece. It was built about 449 BC, by the architect Ictinus (who also designed the Parthenon on the Acropolis). The Thesseion has 34 Doric columns and its frieze depicts the labours of Hercules.

Originally dedicated to Hephaestus, the god of metallurgy and the practical crafts, the temple was surrounded by forges and foundries. In the Roman period it was surrounded by gardens. During the 14th century AD, the temple was converted into the church of St George. It is now restored and is part of the archaeological site of the ancient Athenian Agora.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.

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