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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Most of the archaeological sites show the big temples and theaters, but this is more of a town. It's interesting to see how they lived in this time period from this perspective. There is so much to se... more »
We downloaded the Rick Steve's audio tour for free and it was well worth it. We found the Ancient Agora to be fascinating! Not to be confused with the Roman Agora though. We went early in the morning,... more »
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