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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  • OmorPoly nice ride with entrance from the plate and outlet at Monastiraki, or vice versa. It also has a Museum in heaven with the same ticket and the Temple of Hephaestus which is on a nice Hill that sees the Acropolis and Athens. Free kids ticket for adults 8 euros from May till end October and 4 500 the remainder. Reminiscent of the Forum Romanum in Rome. Worth to visit
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  • Next to the Acropolis is must-see to get the idea of classical Athens. Only the Hephaestion is well preserved, but it is worthwhile just to see it
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  • The Agora think is the largest Archaeological Park after the Acropolis in Athens. It is very convenient to visit because it's all in plain and attacked the city. Inside there is also a small but attractive Museum as well as a church and a lot of history! With the combined ticket from €30 also includes the visit to the archaeological site. Only down fall but that not only affects the Agora but all sites and museums in General in Athens is that they close at 15.00 ... amazing (and incomprehensible) but true! So hurry up!
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  • Really beautiful building and very open. I got in for free without any lineup and it was a fun place to walk around. It is mandatory to know what the history of this place is, otherwise many of the sights wouldn't mean much. Still worth doing!
  • Highly recommended with the company of a guide. The place has much to offer but must be understood. I recommend Alternative Athens tour which you may find in google.
  • Awesome! Huge site, plan to stay a while. There is also a museum with a ton of amazing statues. I recommend buying the archeological site pack and purchase at any site, but not the Acropolis (long lines). There is also a student discount with ID!
  • I suggest arriving early to see the Acopolis and the Agora. Visit the Acropolis first because the crowds are worse up there and there is no shade. The rocks on the Acropolis are slippery, so wear shoes with good traction. Download the free Rick Steve's Europe app and download the guided tours for The Acropolis and Agora, they help explain everything and put what you are seeing into historical perspective.
  • European students don't need to stand in a queue for tickets. Entry is free for them and they should directly walk up to the entrance with their student ids. A bit like the Forum Romanus in Rome but with Greek structures. The temple of Hephaestus is worth seeing and is much more elegant than the Parthenon, as it is more complete with a roof.

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Where to stay in Athens

If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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