Agora of Athens

Athens, Greece

The Ancient Agora of Classical Athens is the best-known example of an ancient Greek agora (central public space in ancient Greek city-states), located to the northwest of the Acropolis and bounded on the south by the hill of the Areopagus and on the west by the hill known as the Agoraios Kolonos, also called Market Hill. The Agora's initial use was for a commercial, assembly, or residential gathering place. 

Agora contains several remains of ancient temples and buildings. Temple of Hephaestus is one of the best-preserved Greek temples, built around 450 BCE. The excavations has uncovered most of the over 30 known major buildings from the Agora, along with thousands of artifacts. Conservation efforts have restored thousands of pieces of pottery and amphora (the standard storage vessel of the ancient world), studied thousands of marble statues and reliefs, and analyzed the remains of human and animal bones to give us a better understanding of what life was like in the ancient Athenian world.


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Vrisakiou 17, Athens, Greece
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Founded: 5th century BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Greece


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MrPappas10 Kay (10 months ago)
Great place to visit. A 2,500 years old Market where Plato, Aristotle or Alexander the Great have probably shopped there! I would suggest that you hire a guide to show you around and explain how the ancient Greeks would keep their stuff fresh in the ground!!!
Daria Yavorska (11 months ago)
No doubt it's a famous and picturesque place full of history. Would be nice to have an opportunity to hire a tour guide/join a scheduled tour group or, at least, scan an QR code for reading historical overview about objects there. All those descriptions of style of architecture are nice, but not what you will remember.
Jason Bridges (14 months ago)
The birthplace of democracy. Amazing to consider the social experiment started over 2000 years ago. The entire complex is worth exploring, keeping in mind this represented the first known direct democracy in the western world. The ruins, artifacts, and reconstructions are all impressive if you use them to create a mental picture of what it must have been.
V Thompson (16 months ago)
I liked the ancient agora almost better than the Acropolis. This is the ancient city center of Athens and you really get an appreciation for how sophisticated the Greeks were so long ago. There are many buildings (or what once were buildings) at this site, and the site is included in the €30 Monument pass (just the Acropolis is €20 and if you have the time to explore, pay the extra €10 for the extended pass). I recommend spending two hours here (or longer of you like to see and read a lot).
Onoufrios Dovletis (2 years ago)
A beautiful and peaceful archaeological park in the historical centre of Athens where the heart of the ancient city used to beat. You can see the BEST-PRESERVED TEMPLE in all of Greece as well as the wonderful museum of the site which was the birthplace of DEMOCRACY and a place where SOCRATES used to teach in the 5th cent BC.
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