Hephaestia

Lemnos, Greece

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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Wilhem Dinu (2 years ago)
Road a bit rough to get there, but worth it! Free audio guide, but you need to have an ID with you, also free for under 25 and over 60s (Proof is required)!
George Christopoulos (2 years ago)
An ancient theatre different than the usual, made of local stone and interesting
Neeko Boorne (3 years ago)
Superb temple. Be careful, the doors close rather early in the afternoon, at 3pm
dimitris papadopoulos (3 years 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 (3 years ago)
Amazing historical site. Can't imagine what the city was like thousands of years ago.
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