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Stoa of Attalos, Athens

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Stoa of Attalos represents an ancient covered walkway featuring the colonnades typical of the Hellenistic age. Originally built between 159 BCE and 138 BCE by Greek ruler King Attalos II, the site was reconstructed in the 1950s following excavation. Classically Greek in appearance and feel, the marble and limestone stoa stands 115 by 20 m (377 by 65 ft). Doric columns make up the exterior, while Ionic ones line the interior. Each of the two stories has 21 rooms. Today the rooms house the Museum of Ancient Angora, where you can see exhibitions dedicated to the structure's original ruler and artifacts from the 5th and 7th centuries BCE. Among them is a bronze statue of a goddess, likely Aphrodite, and several sculptures, coins, and clay pottery pieces. See Stoa of Attalos and all Athens has to offer by arranging your trip with our Athens family vacation planner.
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  • A relaxing and historical place to reach, visit and where to enjoy some shadow after a long walk through the Acropoli's complex.  more »
  • This is in the Agora complex which is part of the Combo ticket that can be used to visit the Acropolis. The Stoa has been rebuilt to look original and it is now a museum. The site is worth seeing as a...  more »
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  • A completely rebuilt building from Ancient Greece. Really impressed at the size of this monument. Inside there are some exhibits and a variety of artifacts and it's a nice place to get away from the sun for a moment.
  • I really like the displays and the museum here, but I can't give it a 5 star rating because it feels to much a modern rendition of a classical building, and not a historic reconstruction. They should have actually used the non-museum parts as the original purposes would've been, instead of just displays
  • Wonderful refurbished building for people like me having a hard time how it looked in the past looking at ruins. With the Acropolis this place is on #1 in Athens ;).
  • 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.
  • Excellent way of displaying items. You get to fly back in time and realize life was not all that different at that time. a great place to reminisce

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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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