Hephaestia was a town of Ancient Greece, now an archeological site on the northern shore of Lemnos. It was named in the honor of Hephaistos, Greek god of metallurgy, whose cult was maintained on the island. It was once the capital of the island (8th to 6th centuries BCE), of which only the ruins remain.

The Greek theater dates from between the late 5th and early 4th century BCE. It underwent reconstruction from 2000 to 2004. The theatre has capacity of 200 people in the main area, and additional 1000 outside.

According to the historian Herodotus, the cities of the island of Lemnos, Hephaestia and Myrina, were inhabited by Pelasgians. These Pelasgians had promised to return the island to the Athenians if on any occasion Athenian ships, pushed by the north winds, managed to arrive in less than nine days from Athens to the island. Many years later, the Athenians under Miltiades the Younger made the crossing in eight days. The Pelasgian inhabitants of Hephaestia left the island but those of Myrina resisted and were besieged until they surrendered, around the year 500 BCE.



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Founded: 8th century BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Greece

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Neeko Boorne (14 months ago)
Superb temple. Be careful, the doors close rather early in the afternoon, at 3pm
dimitris papadopoulos (14 months ago)
The road is way too bad for way too long. The site is a small place of ancient theater, but they charge you!! For something that you can walk in 3 minutes! Horrible experience, do NOT recommend!
Spiro Aronis (14 months ago)
Amazing historical site. Can't imagine what the city was like thousands of years ago.
Karoussos Aristomenes (15 months ago)
A beautiful place to visit around the year and in the middle of nature, with rich history and archeological significance. An advice for visitors is to be prepared for the weather conditions, you know the usual staff, sunscreen, water and hat in the summer. There are three tickets of admittance, the regular, the reduced and the free. Having the exact amount would be a good idea. Please feel free to ask the site keepers any questions you may have and respect the visiting hours and the monument itself. Drone flights are not allowed and commercial photography and cinematography must have written authorisation from the ephorate of antiquities of Lesvos.
Scott Miller (18 months ago)
Beautiful place to visit! I went with my friend Kerry
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