Temple of Hephaestus in Valley of Temples
Temple of Hephaestus, also known as the Temple of Vulcan, is a Greek temple of the ancient city of Akragas located in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.
The Doric-style building dates back to 5th century BC and it is of considerable size. It is a peripteral temple of 6 x 13 columns placed on a krepidoma of four steps. The shafts, instead of the sharp-edged groove, have a rudentation of evident Ionic influence, datable to around 430 BC. Today only a few parts of the elevation of the temple are visible but the foundations are legible.
The ruins of the temple of Vulcan are located at the western end of the Hill of Temples. To be able to visit it, it is necessary to access, paying a separate ticket, the area called Garden of the Kolymbethra and pass a train platform that is no longer functional.
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