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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. With our custom trip planner, Athens attractions like Ancient Agora of Athens can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The agora is very large with a lot to see. The mall had a lot of good artifacts from the site. The area is much less densely traveled by tourists than a site like the Acropolis. There are a lot of lit...  more »
  • The Stoa of Attalos is a site to be seen - a complete recreation of what this stoa would have looked like in ancient times. Walking its length really gives you a feel for life in the ancient marketpla...  more »
  • The ancient Agora was the heart of ancient Athens, and is locate at the foot of Acropolis hill; there was the political, social and commercial activity of Athens, also it was the religious and cultura...  more »
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  • Only had an hour to see it but it was not enough! There are a lot of really nice paths and you can definitely take your time and enjoy the natural surroundings. The main site it the Temple of Hephaestus. The Agora museum is good if a bit small. The staff were really good about shuffling people out at closing time while still respecting the fact that most people are tourists and just want a quick picture.
  • The Athenian Agora is a fascinating archaeological site, with labels explaining what was once located there, as well as a few descriptive display boards. The Stoa of Attalos is completely reconstructed to show what it was once like, the upstairs houses a number of sculpture and models of the site, but has no wheel chair access. The south entrance we used to the Ancient Agora had no wheelchair access, but there was another north entrance, so not sure if that does? However there was no wheel chair access to the temple of Hephaestus.
  • A good place to walk around in the late afternoon, walking underneath the shadows of the trees and enjoying the ruins of the agora. It's not nearly as crowded as the acropolis which definitely added up to the experience. I recommend this place for a peaceful stroll with s great view of the acropolis.
  • I really liked this park the ruins are very nice and there are great views of the Acropolis and the city. I love the trees and turtles.
  • An amazing place to spend an afternoon just wandering around and discovering Athens' history in an unstructured way. Take a picnic.