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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. 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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  • I enjoyed this more than Acropolis. We went late afternoon, not busy, peaceful atmosphere. Temple of Hephaestus was impressive, quite a lot of black cats hanging around it for some reason. On the... 
    I enjoyed this more than Acropolis. We went late afternoon, not busy, peaceful atmosphere. Temple of Hephaestus was impressive, quite a lot of black cats hanging around it for some reason. On the...  more »
  • Between Monasteriki and the Acropolis one can wonder among the ruins of ancient Athens and fantasize about a way of life long past. A soothing experience after the bustle of modern city life. 
    Between Monasteriki and the Acropolis one can wonder among the ruins of ancient Athens and fantasize about a way of life long past. A soothing experience after the bustle of modern city life.  more »
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  • Easily the most evocative site of the classical period. Even more than the Acropolis, being here gives you a sense of what Classical Athens felt like. The museum portion, as well, is one of the best curated collections in Greece. Even though it’s small, it has incredibly unique findings. My favorite place in Athens.
  • 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.

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