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Just below Acropolis, Ancient Agora was the central place and market of the ancient city, the place where daily life was happening. In our days you wont see Socrates among the people that walk up and down but visitors of the museum that is there (interesting, don?t miss it too).

Pisistratos built set in the area a lot of new building like fountains, a temple etc and at the same time he removed some houses to Agora to be the centre of the government. Later, at Agora almost every public meeting was taking place here, social and cultural activities and also the law courts, religious manifestations etc

At the easter edge of Agora you can see Stoa of Attalus built by King Attalus II the king of Pergamon. Part of the building was used for stores those times. Like many other building around its also made of Pentelic marble and it is 115m wide and 20m deep. Doric order was used at the exterior colonmade while Ionic at the interior one (typical combination those times).

What you can see now is the reconstruction of the stoa made in the 50s and turned the stoa into Ancient Agora Museum. In fact the building it?s a replica of the original stoa. And please, don?t try to put your head on the headless statues to have a funny photo! The guards will run after you anyway? :)

Directions: Dont worry you'll pass by on your way down from Parthenon... :)
Phone: +30 21 0321 0185
Website: http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/3/eh355.jsp?obj_id=2485

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 17, 2008
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