The Agora Museum, in the reconstructed Stoa of Attalos, is a good place to start to make sense of the Ancient Agora site. The museum has...
Temple of Hephaestus
The Temple of Hephaestus on the western edge of the Agora was surrounded by foundries and metalwork shops, and was dedicated to...
Greek Folk Art Museum
As of 2015, this superb collection was closed as it began its transition to a new museum site at Adrianou. Once it opens, it will...
Daytime coffee and snacks, and a night scene with DJs and live music, in this cafe overlooking Plateia Avyssinias.
A landmark cafe sitting virtually over the railway line. Its tables sit under a huge plane tree and give it a traditional village feel....
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Ancient Agora information
The heart of ancient Athens was the Agora, the lively, crowded focal point of administrative, commercial, political and social activity. Socrates expounded his philosophy here, and in AD 49 St Paul came here to win converts to Christianity. The site today is a lush, refreshing respite, with beautiful monuments and temples and a fascinating museum .
First developed as a public site in the 6th century BC, the Agora was devastated by the Persians in 480 BC, but a new one was built in its place almost immediately. It was flourishing by Pericles’ time and continued to do so until AD 267, when it was destroyed by the Herulians, a Gothic tribe from Scandinavia. The Turks built a residential quarter on the site, but this was demolished by archaeologists after Independence and later excavated to classical and, in parts, Neolithic levels.