•    Impressive and significant ancient city
•    Was first discovered during the 19th century
•    You can see the Greco-Roman amphitheater and the Sanctuary of Megalis Theas (Great Goddess)
•    Natural disaster completely devastates harbor during 13th century A.D.

Hephaestia was the largest city on the island from 1,000 B.C. until 1200 A.D. It was built by the Pelasgians, but saw its better days during the Athenian, Roman and Byzantine periods.  A series of excavations from 1926-1936 brought to light an entire ancient city, complete with houses, temples, public buildings, statues of local pan-hellenic gods, baths, and an amphitheater.  The sanctuary of Megalis Theas (Great Goddess) which was used from the 8th-6th century B.C. still stands today, next to the theater.  Hephaestia was abandoned in the 13th century A.D. due to a devastating natural disaster.        

Visiting Hours:


Everyday: 08:00 - 15:00

Monday: Closed

Phone: +30 22543 50700




  • Adres: Kontopouli, Limnos
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