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Ancient Agora, {CATEGORY}

Socrates strolled through the Agora 2,500 years ago engaging people in long, philosophical discussions. This unique archaeological park served as the city's marketplace from the 6th century BC to the 6th century AD. Scattered throughout the Agora are statues and ruins of numerous buildings, the most interesting of which is the well-preserved Temple of Hephaistos or Thission, built in the 5th century BC. Many archaeological finds are on display inside the reconstructed Stoa Attalou, a majestic building from the 2nd century BC.

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Address: Adrianou St, Athens 105 55

City: Athens

Country: Greece

Phone 1: +30 210 870 7000

Opening hours: Summer daily 8am-7pm. winter daily 8:30am-6pm

Entrance fee: Admission (includes museum) 4€ ($5.20), or free with purchase of 12€ ($16) Acropolis ticket

Access by subway: Metro Monastiraki

Hotels nearby

269 yd - Pella Inn Hostel

Located south-west, 14 minutes walking distance from the city center, this hotel at Ermou 104 Str. is the ideal pied-à-terre to take advantage of all the wonders of Athens, whether for a few days or fRead moreor a longer stay. The Pella Inn Hostel is a one star Family establishment has all the comforts such as : n.a..Nearby the hotel you can visit several monuments: Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Horologion of Andronikos, Acropolis, City Hall, Academy of Athens, Hadrian's Arch, Hadrian's Arch, Olympeion.The Elefthérios Venizélos airport is about 40 minutes by car from the hotel (12 miles ).Hide

280 yd - Phidias Hotel

Phidias Hotel is conveniently located in the popular Athens City area. The hotel offers a high standard of service and amenities to suit the individual needs of all travelers. Elevator, restaurant, peRead morets allowed, room service, bar/pub are on the list of things guests can enjoy. Guestrooms are designed to provide an optimal level of comfort with welcoming decor and convenient amenities like air conditioning, satellite/cable TV, balcony/terrace, television, shower. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. A welcoming atmosphere and excellent service are what you can expect during your stay at Phidias Hotel.Hide

309 yd - O&B Athens Boutique Hotel

Located in Plaka / Monastiraki / Thissio, O&B Athens Boutique Hotel is a perfect starting point from which to explore Athens. The hotel offers guests a range of services and amenities designed to provRead moreide comfort and convenience. Facilities like valet parking, laundry service/dry cleaning, concierge, Wi-Fi in public areas, safety deposit boxes are readily available for you to enjoy. Guestrooms are fitted with all the amenities you need for a good night's sleep, including satellite/cable TV, desk, air conditioning, bathrobes, internet access – wireless (complimentary). Access to the hotel's massage will further enhance your satisfying stay. Friendly staff, great facilities and close proximity to all that Athens has to offer are three great reasons you should stay at O&B Athens Boutique Hotel.Hide

313 yd - Erechthion Hotel

The hotel is located in the south-west section of Athens, at Flammarion 8 & Ag. Marinis, Thission, only 4 minutes by car from the city center. The Erechthion Hotel is a one star Budget establishment hRead moreas all the comforts such as : n.a..Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Horologion of Andronikos, Acropolis, City Hall, Hadrian's Arch, Hadrian's Arch, Academy of Athens, Olympeion, are some of the monuments that can be visited nearby the hotel.For those going to the airport, Elefthérios Venizélos is 12 miles from the hotel which is about 41 minutes by car.Hide

406 yd - A for Athens

The A For Athens Hotel is located in Athens making it one of the best hotels to stay at while in town.The A For Athens Hotel boasts a convenient location with modern amenities in every guestroom and sRead moreuperb service.Modern comfort and convenience are seamlessly combined to ensure the guests' satisfaction.To make a reservation at the A For Athens Hotel Athens with our secure online booking form, please choose your preffered period of stay.Hide

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Ancient Agora, {CATEGORY}

The Agora was Athens's commercial and civic center. People used these buildings for a wide range of political, educational, philosophical, theatrical, and athletic purposes - which may be why it now seems such a jumble of ancient buildings, inscriptions, and fragments of sculpture. This is a pleasant place to wander, enjoy the views up toward the Acropolis, and take in the herb garden and flowers planted around the amazingly well-preserved 5th-century-B.C. Temple of Hephaistos and Athena (the Theseion). Find a shady spot by the temple, sit a while, and imagine the Agora teeming with merchants, legislators, and philosophers - but very few women. Women did not regularly go into public places. Athens's best-known philosopher, Socrates, often strolled here with his disciples, including Plato, in the shade of the Stoa of Zeus Eleutherios. In 399 B.C., Socrates, accused of "introducing strange gods and corrupting youth", was sentenced to death. He drank his cup of hemlock in a prison at the southwest corner of the Agora - where excavators centuries later found small clay cups, just the right size for a fatal drink. St. Paul also spoke in the Agora, he irritated many Athenians because he rebuked them as superstitious when he saw an inscription here to the "Unknown God". The one monument you can't miss in the Ancient Agora is the 2nd-century-B.C. Stoa of Attalos, built by King Attalos of Pergamon in Asia Minor, and completely reconstructed by American archaeologists in the 1950s. (You may be grateful that they included an excellent modern restroom there). The museum on the stoa's ground floor contains finds from 5,000 years of Athenian history, including sculpture and pottery, a voting machine, and a child's potty seat, all labeled in English. The stoa is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30am to 2:45pm. As you leave the stoa, take a moment to look at the charming little 11th-century Byzantine Church of the Holy Apostles, also restored by the Americans. The church is almost always closed, but its delicate proportions are a relief after the somewhat heartless - too new and too well restored - facade of the Stoa of Attalos.

Ancient Agora, {CATEGORY}

The Agora was Athens's commercial and civic center. People used these buildings for a wide range of political, educational, philosophical, theatrical, and athletic purposes - which may be why it now seems such a jumble of ancient buildings, inscriptions, and fragments of sculpture. This is a pleasant place to wander, enjoy the views up toward the Acropolis, and take in the herb garden and flowers planted around the amazingly well-preserved 5th-century-B.C. Temple of Hephaistos and Athena (the Theseion). Find a shady spot by the temple, sit a while, and imagine the Agora teeming with merchants, legislators, and philosophers - but very few women. Women did not regularly go into public places. Athens's best-known philosopher, Socrates, often strolled here with his disciples, including Plato, in the shade of the Stoa of Zeus Eleutherios. In 399 B.C., Socrates, accused of "introducing strange gods and corrupting youth", was sentenced to death. He drank his cup of hemlock in a prison at the southwest corner of the Agora - where excavators centuries later found small clay cups, just the right size for a fatal drink. St. Paul also spoke in the Agora, he irritated many Athenians because he rebuked them as superstitious when he saw an inscription here to the "Unknown God". The one monument you can't miss in the Ancient Agora is the 2nd-century-B.C. Stoa of Attalos, built by King Attalos of Pergamon in Asia Minor, and completely reconstructed by American archaeologists in the 1950s. (You may be grateful that they included an excellent modern restroom there). The museum on the stoa's ground floor contains finds from 5,000 years of Athenian history, including sculpture and pottery, a voting machine, and a child's potty seat, all labeled in English. The stoa is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30am to 2:45pm. As you leave the stoa, take a moment to look at the charming little 11th-century Byzantine Church of the Holy Apostles, also restored by the Americans. The church is almost always closed, but its delicate proportions are a relief after the somewhat heartless - too new and too well restored - facade of the Stoa of Attalos.

Ancient Agora, {CATEGORY}

Socrates strolled through the Agora 2,500 years ago engaging people in long, philosophical discussions. This unique archaeological park served as the city's marketplace from the 6th century BC to the 6th century AD. Scattered throughout the Agora are statues and ruins of numerous buildings, the most interesting of which is the well-preserved Temple of Hephaistos or Thission, built in the 5th century BC. Many archaeological finds are on display inside the reconstructed Stoa Attalou, a majestic building from the 2nd century BC.

Ancient Agora, {CATEGORY}

Socrates strolled through the Agora 2,500 years ago engaging people in long, philosophical discussions. This unique archaeological park served as the city's marketplace from the 6th century BC to the 6th century AD. Scattered throughout the Agora are statues and ruins of numerous buildings, the most interesting of which is the well-preserved Temple of Hephaistos or Thission, built in the 5th century BC. Many archaeological finds are on display inside the reconstructed Stoa Attalou, a majestic building from the 2nd century BC.

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