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    Wander around the sprawling ruins of the ancient marketplace, where democracy and philosophy had their beginnings.

    The museum within holds a large collection of pots, coins, household objects and pottery fragments (ostraka), on which the Athenians wrote names of prominent men they wanted to vote into exile. Also here are a huge bronze shield taken from the Spartans during the Peloponnesian War and a klirotirion, and unusual device for relegating public duties by lot – and important feature of ancient Athenian democracy.

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    While the Acropolis was the spiritual centre of ancient Athens, the Agora – sprawling beneath the northern walls – was the heart of daily life. Barbarian invaders razed the complex in the 3rd century AD, but as you wander through the rubble and foundations of the ancient marketplace, it takes only a little imagination to conjure up the shops, market stalls, state offices, law courts, mint, public archives, schools, library, gymnasium, concert hall, temples and altars of the old city centre, and hear the echoes of robed and sandalled citizens debating the issues of the day.

    Agora’s spiritual legacy lives on: politics (as understood in the West) and philosophy (based on free and rational discussion) came into being on this very spot. Socrates held his famous dialogues here, at the shop of a shoemaker who, long before Plato, started to write down and publish a number of the sage’s conversations. Later, Socrates’ search for ‘truth’ fell foul of the authorities, and he was tried and condemned to death in 403 BC. Recent excavations have identified the prison cell in which he consumed the deadly potion of hemlock.

    The huge gallery dominating the marketplace is a replica of the Stoa of Attalos (stoa Attalou), built by the king of Pergamon about the middle of the 2nd century BC in homage to Athenian culture. It was rebuilt from attic marble and limestone in the 1950s by the America school of Classical Studies in Athens, the organization that has carried on the Agora excavations since 1931.

    Near to this 115m (382ft) long painted portico, or stoa the philosopher Zeno founded the school of the Stoics. Here St Paul argued with the most sceptical audience he met in the course of his travels.

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    When athens was the centre of art, philosophy and politics during the classical age; among those who walked the Agora are: Ictinus and Callicrates, architects of the Parthenon, and the sculptures Phidias and Praxiteles.

    Two of the three great tragic poets were from Athens – Aeschylus (Oresteia) and Sophocles (Oedipes Rex). Euripides (the Trojan women) was born on an island in the strait of salamis on the day of the great Persian defeat. Aristophanes (the Wasps, the Birds), creator of Greek comedy, was also Athenian.

    Herdotus, whose accounts of the conflict between Europe and Asia blended legend and fact, has been called the ‘father of history’. Later Thucydides, (History of the Peloponnesian War), established an objective ‘science’ of history.

    The Philosopher-orator Socrates was seen almost daily in the Agora, earnestly engaging fellow citizens in dialogues and ‘truth’.

    His student, Plato, recounted the master’s teachings in The Republic and Dialogues. A political and religious philosopher, Plato founded the Academy, the world’s first university. Aristotle studied at Plato’s Academy before tutoring Alexander the Great in Macedonia. This renowned philosopher later established a rival school in Athens, the Lyceum.)

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    If you enter the Agora from the southern gate, down the hill from the Acropolis, you’ll pass the pretty but Anomalous Byzantine Church, Agii Apostoli. From the entrance opposite on Adrianou Street (look for the pictorial reconstruction here that will help you visualize the original buildings), a path leads up a gentle hill to the first marble temple built by Pericles after the Persian wars.
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      • Titania (Hotel)
        1.21 Km from Ancient Agora of Athens
        Titania Hotel is a 4 star historic hotel in the center of Athens, Greece. It is located on Panepistimiou Street, in the heart of the historical and commercial centre of the Greek capital, between the two major squares, Syntagma and Omonoia. Titania has been renovated in 2004 and 2007, is decorated with Pentelic marble, and exquisite inlaid mosaics with themes from Greek history. Titania has two of the largest conference centers in central Athens, the "Europa" and "Ouranos", h...
      • National Gallery (Athens)
        2.39 Km from Ancient Agora of Athens
        The National Art Gallery and Alexander Soutzos Museum (Greek: Εθνική Πινακοθήκη, Ethniki Pinakothiki) is an art museum in Athens devoted to Greek and European art from the 14th century to the 20th century. It is directed by Marina Lambraki-Plaka.
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      • Vorres Museum
        11.28 Km from Ancient Agora of Athens
        The Vorres Museum is a diachronic museum of folk and contemporary art in Paiania, East Attica, Greece. Its grounds cover 80 acres (320,000 m2) including several buildings, gardens and courtyards. Its collection includes over 6000 pieces covering 4000 years of Greek history and art. The museum has been donated by the Vorres family to the Greek state. Its President and Founder was Ian Vorres (1924 - 2015), who studied in Canada at Queen's University and Toronto University.
      • Folk Art Museum of Acharnes
        11.30 Km from Ancient Agora of Athens
        The Folk Art Museum of Acharnes is a museum in Acharnes, a northern suburb of Athens, Greece. It was founded in 1977 by the local Greek Mountaineering Society, which also formed the Historical and Folklore Association in 1981, to which it bequeathed the museum in 1982. The archaeological part of the collection was then separated from the historical and folklore material and was given to the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Former Minister Melina Mercouri founded for it the Archaeological Museum of ...
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      • Marathon Dam
        26.73 Km from Ancient Agora of Athens
        The Marathon Dam is a gravity dam on the Charadros River, near its junction with the Varnavas Stream, 8 km (5 mi) west of Marathon and 45 km (28 mi) northeast of Athens in Greece. The dam created Lake Marathon for the primary purpose of municipal water supply. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, it was the sole supplier of water to Athens until 1959. The dam is often cited for its role in the modernization of Greece and the first recorded case of seismic activity associated with reservoir inundat...
      • Terra Vibe Park
        29.42 Km from Ancient Agora of Athens
        Terra Vibe is a park in Attica, Greece, which is used as a venue for large-scale outdoor events, such as concerts and festivals. Opened in 2004, it has hosted events such as the Rockwave Festival and Terra Vibe Festival, and covers 40 acres (160,000 m2). In 2010, the Sonisphere Festival took place and the Big Four of thrash metal performed with headliners Metallica. Mötley Crüe were due to play Rockwave in 2009 as part of the Crüe Fest tour but due to heavy rain in the Malakasa area, the venue w...

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      • Temple of Hephaestus
        The temple of Hephaistos – known as the Thisio – is one of the best preserved in Athens. Admission includes entrance to the Stoa of Attallus Museum.
        Temple of Hephaestus Athens 105 55, Greece
      • Stoa of Attalos
        Inside the Stoa of Attalos there is the Agora Museum; Open 8.30am-2.45pm, closed Mon. Artifacts from the ancient marketplace and miniature models of the Acropolis and Agora in classical times.
        Stoa of Attalos Adrian 24 24, Αθήνα 105 55, Greece
      • Monastiraki Flea Market
        Monastiraki is named after the Great Monastery founded here ten centuries ago, whose only remnant is the sunken church, the Pantanassa.

        On the south side of the square is the 18th-century Mosque of the Turkish Bazaar, which was built with marble from one of the massive columns of the temple of Olympian Zeus. Minus its minaret, it has now become a branch of the Greek Folk Art Museum.

        The first-floor balcony offers fine views of the market bustle below.
        Monastiraki Flea Market Ifestou 2, Athina 105 55, Greece
      • Hadrian's Library
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        Hadrian's Library Areos 3, Athina 105 55, Greece
      • The Pnyx

        This terraced hillside is the location of the Acropolis Sound and Light performances. The Pnyx – meaning ‘tightly packed space’ – is where the free citizens of 5th-century BC Athens met in democratic assembly.

        At that time, the rocky platform here was the site of the Stone of Vima, an ancient Speaker’s Corner, where people gathered to hear the likes of Pericles, Themistocles and Demosthenes hold forth.

        The Pnyx Mouson 23, Athina 117 41, Greece
      • Temple of Athena Nike

        This enchanting temple, with a graceful Ionic portio, perches high on a terrace off to the right (southwest) of the Propylaea, and has a glorious panorama of the sea and distant mountains.

        Built between 427 and 424 BC by the architect Callicrates, during a respite from the Peloponnesian War, it was devoted to Athena as the goddess of peace and victory.

        The temple housed a statue of her which became known as the Wingless Victory herself was always shown with wings. The temple was torn down by the Turks in 1687 to make way for an artillery position; the one which is now standing was later painstakingly reassembled from the rubble by archaeologists during the 19th and 20th centuries.

        Passing through the Propylaea, you come out into the great sloping plateau of the Acropolis. Try to imagine the scene 2,400 years ago, when these masterworks of architecture and sculpture were going up. Scores of stone cutters; carpenters, founders and braziers, goldsmiths, ivory workers, painters, dyers, and even embroiderers swarmed over this ground. For the most part they were freemen, not slaves, practitioners of nearly every art and craft then known.

        Dominating the immediate foreground was an enormous bronze statue of Athena under another guise – Athena Promachos, the Defender. This statue of the goddess holding shield and spear was created by Phipias to honour the visitor at Marathon.

        It’s said that sailors could spot the tip of her helmet as their ships sailed around the gulf from Sounion. That statue stood here for 1,000 years, until it was carted off to Constantinople in the 6th century AD.

        Temple of Athena Nike Acropolis, Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athina 105 58, Greece
      • Propylaea

        Six Doric columns mark the monumental entrance to the Acropolis. More than a grand gateway, the function of the Propylaea was to generate awe and respect, and prepare lesser mortals for a meeting with the goddess.

        Construction began in 437 BC, but was halted five year later by the Pelopon-nesian War and never finished.

        The central and largest of the gateways was intended for chariots and approached by a ramp: steps lead up to the four other entries.

        As you reach the porch, you’ll see Ionic as well as Doric columns; this was the first building to incorporate both styles (compare the solid majesty of the Doric with the light elegance of the Ionic).

        The Pinakotheke on the left side housed a gallery of paintings done on wooden panels, depicting heroic deeds.

        Propylaea Acropolis, Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athina 105 58, Greece
      • The Horologion of Andronikos Of Kyrrhos

        Built by the astronomer Andronikos in the 1st century BC. It once contained an elaborate water clock that was fed by a spring on the Acropolis. Sculptures on each of the eight sides of the octagonal marble tower represent the eight points of the compass and the corresponding wind.

        You’ll spot Notos, the south end, pouring water from an urn, while Zephyros, the west wind, scatters spring flowers.

        Spread out below the tower are the remains of the Roman Forum (Romaiki Agora). On the far side, the four Doric columns were part of the Gate of Athena Archegetis, which marked the main entrance to the market area. One door support, protected by a rusty iron grille, is inscribed with Emperor Hadrian’s edict taxing olive oil.

        The Horologion of Andronikos Of Kyrrhos Aiolou, Athina 105 55, Greece
      • Acropolis of Athens

        This ancient citadel and landmark of Athens contains some of the world’s finest monuments of the antiquity, including the Parthenon and the Erechtheion, with its unusual Porch of the Caryatids. Admission includes entrance to the Acropolis Museum. These are wonderful views over Athens and the ancient Agora.

        This 4ha (10-acre) rock rising 90m (300ft) above the plain of the Attica reigns over Athens with timeless majesty. Its name is derived from Greek and means ‘high town’: acro -- highest point and polis – town or city. It also means ‘citadel’.

        Acropolis of Athens Athens 105 58, Greece
      • Odeon of Herodes Atticus
        Summer plays and concerts are stages in this restored ancient theatre.

        Atticus was rich Athenian who donated the theatre to the city in AD 161, in memory of his deceased wife.

        The triple-tiered, arched façade is typical of Roman theatre, but the white marbles seats are modern restoration.
        Odeon of Herodes Atticus Areopagitou Dionisiou, Athina 105 55, Greece

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      Jan 10.6 61.2 51.1 24.1
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      May 20.7 20.7 69.3 8.1
      Jun 25.1 12.1 77.2 4.8
      Jul 28.2 4 82.8 1.6
      Aug 28.1 7.8 82.6 3.1
      Sep 24.7 15.4 76.5 6.1
      Oct 20.5 51.9 68.9 20.4
      Nov 16 66.8 60.8 26.3
      Dec 12.6 75.7 54.7 29.8

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        • Really beautiful building and very open. I got in for free without any lineup and it was a fun place to walk around. It is mandatory to know what the history of this place is, otherwise many of the sights wouldn't mean much. Still worth doing!
        • A worthwhile visit. Beautiful to walk around, very peaceful. The museum was very interesting too. Fantastic views of the Acropolis.
        • Highly recommended with the company of a guide. The place has much to offer but must be understood. I recommend Alternative Athens tour which you may find in google.
        • Awesome! Huge site, plan to stay a while. There is also a museum with a ton of amazing statues. I recommend buying the archeological site pack and purchase at any site, but not the Acropolis (long lines). There is also a student discount with ID!
        • I suggest arriving early to see the Acopolis and the Agora. Visit the Acropolis first because the crowds are worse up there and there is no shade. The rocks on the Acropolis are slippery, so wear shoes with good traction. Download the free Rick Steve's Europe app and download the guided tours for The Acropolis and Agora, they help explain everything and put what you are seeing into historical perspective.

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