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The Ancient Agora was once the central marketplace and heart of ancient Athens, its covered promenades lined with shops and statues. Stroll the beautifully landscaped grounds, and explorie the ruins rich with parts of friezes depicting the gods and myths of Ancient Greece. It’s easy to imagine Socrates and Plato discussing philosophy here.
You can easily spend an entire morning or afternoon exploring the temples and ancient promenades where affluent Athenians exchanged gossip, political news, and wares. The Agora was utilized for commerce, political, military and religious activities. While there were once nine churches here, the Aghioi Apostoloi is the only one that remains.
Most of the monuments at the Agora are roped off for preservation, but that won’t stop you from admiring the marble and limestone architecture. The beautifully landscaped grounds showcase a number of plants used for centuries, such as almond trees, myrtle, and pomegranate. Stand in the center of the Agora to take in a spectacular view up to the hilltop of the Acropolis.
Stroll to the Agora’s northwest corner, atop the hill of Kolonos Agoraios, to find one of the best-preserved Doric temples in Greece, the Temple of Hephaestus. It has 34 classical Greek columns and is 104 feet (32 meters) in length. Hephaestus, the patron god of metal working and craftsmanship, protected the numerous potters' and metal-workers’ shops in this area of the Agora.
Be sure to check out the hillside behind the temple, where you can explore archeological ruins half-covered by deep undergrowth. Perhaps Simon the shoemaker had his shop here; this famous meeting place for Socrates and his students was in the Agora, but nobody knows exactly where.
The Ancient Agora is located in the city center, accessible by public transportation. Admission is covered in the cost of the Acropolis, and the site is open daily.
Don't know how to make the most of your visit at Ancient Agora? We've put together a list of popular activities that will help you:
Take a look at our Athens things to do page to discover even more activities while you're here.
This family-friendly Athens hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Ermou Street and Omonia Square. National Archaeological Museum of Athens and Monastiraki Flea Market are also within 15 minutes. Metaxourghio Station and Metaxourgio Station are within a 2-minute walk.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Acropolis Museum, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and Filopappos Hill. Arch of Hadrian and Acropolis are also within 15 minutes. Syngrou-Fix Station is only a 5-minute walk and Akropoli Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Syntagma Square, Hellenic Parliament, and Roman Agora. Monastiraki Flea Market and Arch of Hadrian are also within 10 minutes. Syntagma Station is 5 minutes by foot and Monastiraki Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Church Of Agia Irini, Monastiraki Flea Market, and Tzisdarakis Mosque. Ermou Street and Hadrian's Library are also within 5 minutes. Monastiraki Station is only a 4-minute walk and Thissio Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Greek Evangelical Church and Arch of Hadrian. Temple of Olympian Zeus and Acropolis Museum are also within 10 minutes. Leoforos Vouliagmenis Station and Akropoli Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is steps from Greek Evangelical Church, Arch of Hadrian, and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Theatre of Dionysus and Choragic Monument of Lysicrates are also within 5 minutes. Akropoli Station and Leoforos Vouliagmenis Station are within a 5-minute walk.
This luxury hotel is located in the heart of Athens, walking distance from Acropolis Museum, Arch of Hadrian, and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Also nearby are Parthenon and Acropolis.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Adrianou Street and Syntagma Square. Roman Agora and Acropolis are also within 10 minutes. Akropoli Station is 7 minutes by foot and Syntagma Station is 8 minutes.