"Athens' downtown in Antiquity" Ancient Agora Tip by athenian80

Ancient Agora, Athens: 117 reviews and 203 photos

  Images from the Agora
by athenian80

The Agorá was the center of the political life of Athens since 600 BC.The ?Vouleftírion? and the ?Eclessia tou Dimou? served Democracy.Apart from that,the theaters,schools of philosophy and rhetoric,the gyms and the arcades with stores made the Agora,the epicenter of the social,spiritual and financial life of the city.It was also the site of the city?s mint.Today,many of the most important buildings do not exist.Yet,you can walk along the street of Panathinéon named after the Great Panathínea Games.Across this historical path you can see the Attálos arcade, an impressive 2-storey building which after the restoration of 1930(which is an exact copy of the original one) hosts the museum of the site. Among items of the everyday life of the ancient Athenians you can also see a chamber pot for babies! On the opposite side of the site you can admire the best-preserved ancient temple in Greece. This doric temple known as Thissíon,was dedicated to god Héfestos,the god of blacksmiths and potters, and it was built between 449 and 440 BC by Ictinos.Scattered around the site you will find statues that used to ornate the buildings of the Agora.Finally,much more recent but still very old is the byzantine chapel in the middle of the site.

Address: Entrance at Adrianou street
Directions: Plaka-Thissio. Next to the Thissio metro station.
Phone: 210 3210185
Website: http://www.culture.gr

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  • Updated Jul 25, 2004
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