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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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  • The whole area is worth visiting, there is a refurbished stoa and an old temple. It is well worth visiting the site. 
    The whole area is worth visiting, there is a refurbished stoa and an old temple. It is well worth visiting the site.  more »
  • We went to the Ancient Agora after seeing the Roman Agora and were expecting to be underwhelmed but we could not have been more wrong. The reconstructed main building did not detract from the site... 
    We went to the Ancient Agora after seeing the Roman Agora and were expecting to be underwhelmed but we could not have been more wrong. The reconstructed main building did not detract from the site...  more »
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  • No wait when going early in the morning. The Temple of Hephaestus is spectacular. The rest of the area is not as preserved, but being able to walk the same paths as Socrates, Paul, Alexander, Aristotle and many others. Google maps works well for finding the main entrance. The site is fenced off and has only one entrance and exit. Good museum with artifacts recovered at this site. Tickets were €10 in September 2022.
  • Bought ticket in advance but wasn't necessary in the end. Great to walk around and lots to see here, huge site and interesting. Enjoyed my visit a lot. I only got tickets to this and the Acropolis & museum. Would recommend these if limited time

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