Its sacred flame shone continuously in homes and temples. All cities had Hestia's fire, placed in the palace where the tribes met. This fire should be obtained from the sun.
When the Greeks founded cities outside Greece, they took part of the fire from the fireplace as a symbol of the connection with the motherland and with it, lit the fireplace where the political nucleus of the new city would be. Always fixed and immutable, Hestia symbolized the perpetuity of civilization.
In Delphi, the perpetual flame with which the hestia of other altars was lit was preserved. Each pilgrim who arrived in a city, first made a sacrifice to Hestia.
His worship was very simple: in the family, he was chaired by his father or mother; in cities, by the greatest political authorities.
In Ancient Rome, it was worshiped as Vesta (daughter of Saturn and Cybele), and the sacred fire was the symbol of the Empire's perpetuity. Their priestesses were called vestals, took a vow of chastity and were to serve the goddess for thirty years. There the goddess was worshiped by a chief priest, in addition to the vestals.
She was represented as a young woman, with a long tunic and a veil over her head and shoulders. There were images in its main cities, but his stern and simple figure did not offer much material to the artists.
Hestia was one of the goddesses with the most beautiful meaning, as she represented both the sacred value of virginity and the spiritual purity of fire.