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The Temple of Hephaestus has been a place of worship for many centuries (see the Wikipedia entry linked below) – first as a temple to the god of of ‘technology, blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals, metallurgy, fire and volcanoes’ and based on a pre-Greek cult; the temple has served (and I think still serves) as a Greek Orthodox church, therefore merging about 3-4 religions.
At the same time, the architecture of the temple is something that is not specific to one god or even culture. The ancient Greeks took Architecture to new heights, to create lasting marble beauties that will forever merge the beauty of mathematics with that of nature, and sometimes to further the knowledge acquired from the Egyptians and other Mediterranean cultures. When this blend is seamless, it becomes Art. (Go visit the new Athens Museum, under the Acropolis, you’ll like it – a lot!)
One other reason I chose this: it’s a monument reminding us of ancient Athens, a place where many gods were worshipped, long before the times of ‘my god is better than yours’ we live now.
BTW, I’m not Greek, and I don’t live in Greece :-) but I wish I did. I really don’t have a ‘favourite religious structure’ in the place I live or work, but I like this one very much!