Continuous worship (Temple of Hephaestus, Athens) by Themis
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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!

This site is listed by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. For even more information on this temple: the Wikipedia entry

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ancient, athens, banner, greece, heaphaestos, heritage, history, summer, temple, time

Comments

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 4 years ago

    I love the way you photographed this with the strong foreground leading your eye in, and the roof tops of the modern cities in the background.

  • Thank you, I’m very glad you like it – the context is always very important to me, and I try to capture it, especially when there is a temporal distance of quite a few centuries… Many thanks for the visit and feedback, much appreciated, as usual :-)

    – Themis

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoover 4 years ago

    Joanne (banner) and Ellc_ (photograph)

  • Thank you :-) – very pretty result

    – Themis

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 4 years ago

    Super capture of this wonderful ancient Temple!

  • Many thanks, I’m glad you like it – visit and feedback much appreciated

    – Themis

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture, Themis!

  • Thank you, I’m very glad you like it – visit and feedback always appreciated :-)

    – Themis

  • kczpics
    kczpicsover 4 years ago


    Great shot!

  • I won?! WOW :-) Many thanks for the compliment and for the good news, and also many thanks to all who voted for it

    – Themis

  • bubblehex08
    bubblehex08over 4 years ago

  • bubblehex08
    bubblehex08over 4 years ago

  • Thank you :-) very nice surprise! Have a good weekend :-)

    – Themis

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 4 years ago

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTover 4 years ago

    Great image. Congratulations !

  • Many thanks for your compliment – visit and feedback much appreciated :-)

    – Themis

  • Judith Hayes
    Judith Hayesover 4 years ago

    Congrats! You placed in the top ten of the “Picture Perfect Postcard Challenge” in Preserving History

  • Thank you for the good news, and thank you to those who voted for it!

    – Themis

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