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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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  • So much to see and enjoy here, we nearly missed it. As part of the multi site ticket (See my notes on the Acropolis) this is essential sightseeing on any trip to Athens. Again the site has several ind...  more »
  • Worth a stroll through the Agora, give a plane with the entry but perhaps better go with guide. Individual ticket €8, it is advisable to buy combined input if you want to see more monumental sites is more economical. To see it quietly takes more than 2 hours.
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  • There are famous ones, such as the winged victory of Samothrace statue of victory, but Japanese, as seen on TV Super famous, not here. Is the Green acre lot, very good. Then visited is surrounded by many restaurants and cafés slowly dine.
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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.
  • Fairly well kept ruin with lots to see. Temple of Hephaestus is the best kept temple around and is stunning. Completely rebuilt Stoa is impressive too
  • Wonderful sense of history and how the ancient Athenians lived. The artefacts are amazing and give an insight into life in Athens over the centuries. Great views and particularly of the Parthenon.
  • 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.
  • Absolutely breathtaking and beautiful ancient ruins. The Agora is so large that the high number of tourists does not diminish the experience. Amazing.

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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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