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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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  • This is a nice historic site with the temple being the stand out feature for me. When at the temple look out for the parakeets on the facades. The Stoa is also good. Don't forget to visit the upper...  more »
  • Arrived late afternoon just as the sun was setting and it was very picturesque. There weren’t many tourists around and so was able to get some really good pictures. There was loads of really helpful.....  more »
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  • For me its more impressive and exciting than the acropolis. Its preserved so good that you can imagine how it was almost 2500 years ago. The architecture of the temple is do clear and om sure many archeologist was inspired from this building
  • It is an open area close to Acropolis. During ancient times there were many buildings. It was the administrative, philosophical, educational, social, cultural and mainly the economic center of the city. Visit it early in the morning to avoid the crowds and the heat. A tour guide will explain about the usage of the buildings and the politics during the Golden Age. Highly recommended.

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