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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  • August 16, 2017
    You have to have a couple of hours to visit. It is a beautiful ride in which you will find you some well-preserved remains (Church of the Apostles), a Museum, and at the end a beautiful view and imposing Hephaestion. True that there are other remains that, as in other places of Athens, are uninformed andwith grass that covers them, but my I was a very pleasant visit.
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  • August 16, 2017
    For me, this is the top attraction in Athens. I would happily visit it again and again. It's big enough to spend a few hours, depending on how passionate of history you are and big enough to seem less...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Territory, where in ancient times were public speakers, as well as a place of trade and various entertainment popular in antiquity. The space is pretty awesome its area about 5 hectares. Artifacts found here suggest that people inhabited this area has four millennia ago. Of course, to understand the full scale of the ruins here need to take a guide, he will tell you about the temples and about markets and about concert halls. I personally delivered with Agora a lot of interesting information.
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  • July 18, 2017
    It doesn't look as impressive as the Roman Forum but it pre-dates the Italian site by many centuries. This is where true democracy began. The western concepts of philosophy, justice, and politics were tested and refined right here. And we can thank an American, Rockefeller, for digging it out from under nearly 2 thousand years of rubbish. The Agora is a wonderful place to explore, particularly when accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Don't miss this because it doesn't look like much!
  • August 7, 2017
    Well kept and breathtaking piece of history. A lifelong dream came true! Video called my mum whilst there and she burst into tears! Words cannot describe.
  • August 5, 2017
    Another magnificent site of Athens. Again, just to make sure that it's not a torture and u can really enjoy the beauty - bring ur own shades in summer
  • August 20, 2017
    You are a tourist? Great that is the place for you. You are Greek? Again great, that is the place for you.
  • August 10, 2017
    A lot of walking, so much to see but it is incredible. Lots of restaurants just across the railway line worth a try.

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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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