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Ancient Agora of Athens, Athens

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The commercial, political, and religious center of ancient Athens, Ancient Agora of Athens offers you a chance to gain insight into the origins of democracy. Founded in the 6th century BCE, this large open area stood in the middle of the city and served as a meeting place used to enact laws, make decisions about the city's defense, and hold public forums to discuss ostracism, the expulsion of a citizen for a period of ten years. Visit this archeological site to see two of ancient Athens' major landmarks, a temple dedicated to the god Hephaestus and a two-story covered walkway, reconstructed in the 1950s to house a museum of ancient clay, bronze, and glass objects. Use our Athens trip planning app to visit Ancient Agora of Athens on your trip to Athens, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Yes, we did like this historical site. Funny, that it is next to the modern subway trains :) Big fields of buildings and ruins. Take your time and see history. 
    Yes, we did like this historical site. Funny, that it is next to the modern subway trains :) Big fields of buildings and ruins. Take your time and see history.  more »
  • We paid our visit to the Historical Ancient Agora of Athens and what a superb piece of history is is. Key to the original Athens that was quite small in comparison to todays Athens but great that the....  more
    We paid our visit to the Historical Ancient Agora of Athens and what a superb piece of history is is. Key to the original Athens that was quite small in comparison to todays Athens but great that the....  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Ancient or Classical Agora, wandering around the ruins of an ancient civilisation that existed long before the EU or USA. One advantage of this important sight.....  more
    We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Ancient or Classical Agora, wandering around the ruins of an ancient civilisation that existed long before the EU or USA. One advantage of this important sight.....  more »
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  • Easily the most evocative site of the classical period. Even more than the Acropolis, being here gives you a sense of what Classical Athens felt like. The museum portion, as well, is one of the best curated collections in Greece. Even though it’s small, it has incredibly unique findings. My favorite place in Athens.
  • No doubt it's a famous and picturesque place full of history. Would be nice to have an opportunity to hire a tour guide/join a scheduled tour group or, at least, scan an QR code for reading historical overview about objects there. All those descriptions of style of architecture are nice, but not what you will remember.
  • The site was a lot bigger than expected, which was a pleasant suprise. Lots to see and tortoises dotted about. The museum section is worth a visit and has lots of interesting pieces. Really enjoyable walk in the sunshine. Everything is labelled with a marble block and easy to identify. Lots of benches and different paths. You can easily spend a few hours here.
  • Nothing tells a story of an ancient civilization like ruins...😍
  • The birthplace of democracy. Amazing to consider the social experiment started over 2000 years ago. The entire complex is worth exploring, keeping in mind this represented the first known direct democracy in the western world. The ruins, artifacts, and reconstructions are all impressive if you use them to create a mental picture of what it must have been.

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