The Ancient Agora of Athens is an archaeological site located in the heart of the city, near the Acropolis. It was the center of political, commercial, and social life in ancient Athens, and played a key role in the development of democracy in Greece. The Ancient Agora was the site of the famous stoa, a covered walkway that surrounded the central open-air area, and the Temple of Hephaestus, which is one of the best preserved ancient Greek temples.
Visitors to the Ancient Agora can see the remains of various structures, including the stoa, the Temple of Hephaestus, the Tholos, and the Royal Stoa, as well as the foundation walls of other buildings. There is also a museum on the site that houses a collection of artifacts and objects that were found during the excavations, including pottery, coins, and sculptures.
The Ancient Agora is a popular tourist attraction in Athens, and is considered a must-visit for anyone interested in ancient Greek history and culture. It offers a glimpse into the daily life of the ancient Athenians and provides a fascinating look at the birthplace of democracy.
The Agora was the heart of ancient Athens, the focus of political, commercial, administrative and social activity, the religious and cultural centre, and the seat of justice.
The site was occupied without interruption in all periods of the city's history. It was used as a residential and burial area as early as the Late Neolithic period (3000 B.C.). Early in the 6th century, in the time of Solon, the Agora became a public area.
After a series of repairs and remodellings, it reached its final rectangular form in the 2nd century B.C. Extensive building activity occured after the serious damage made by the Persians in 480/79 B.C., by the Romans in 89 B.C. and by the Herulae in A.D. 267 while, after the Slavic invasion in A.D. 580, It was gradually abandoned. From the Byzantine period until after 1834, when Athens became the capital of the independent Greek state, the Agora was again developed as a residential area.
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