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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  • 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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • 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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