The temple of Hephaestus and the monument to Philopappos shines like never before.
The design and installation of the new lighting system, overseen by award-winning lighting designer Eleftheria Deko, was funded by the Onassis Foundation.
The re-lighting concerned a new nine-point perspective for the temple of Hephaestus and a five-point perspective of the monument of Philopappos.
According to the Ministry, the two monuments are illuminated using the same philosophy and technology that was implemented on the Acropolis.
There was also an upgrade to the monuments’ existing technical infrastructure, including new wiring and automation system for the lights.
According to the Ministry, this offers “considerable flexibility in creating different lighting scenarios and achieving the appropriate lighting depending on the location and point of interest (dome, columns, metope, and pediment).”
On her part, Greece’s Minister of Culture and Sports Lina Mendoni said: “It is very important that the Ministry of Culture and Sports, in the midst of the pandemic, can offer to the residents and visitors of Athens, but also around the world, an upgraded image of the Acropolis, the temple of Hephaestus and Philopappos monument.”
“Once again, I will reiterate that the image of the Acropolis is the image of the country and that the partnership of the public with the private sector can offer our country and the cultural heritage, in a very short time, models and innovative projects,” she added.
Temple of Hephaestus
The Temple of Hephaestus (Ναός Ηφαίστου) is dedicated to the god Hephaestus and Athena Ergani.
It is located at the north-west side of the Agora of Athens, on top of the Agoraios Kolonos hill.
Monument of Philopappos
The Philopappos Monument (Μνημείο Φιλοπάππου) is an ancient Greek mausoleum and monument dedicated to Gaius Julius Antiochus Epiphanes Philopappos, a prince from the Kingdom of Commagene.
It is located on Mouseion Hill in Athens, Greece, southwest of the Acropolis.