Ancient Agora

Ancient Agora of Athens

The Ancient Agora of Classical Athens is the best known example of an ancient Greek agora, located to the northwest of the Acropolis and bounded on the south by the hill of the Areopagus and on the west by the hill known as the Kolonus Agoraios, also called Market Hill. The agora was probably laid out in the center of the city as a public space in the 6th century BC, though Laurence Baurain-Rebillard has suggested that it dates to the 7th century.

Earlier a more primitive agora may have existed elsewhere in Athens. The final site was located at the intersection of three existing roads with the Panathenaic Way, the main road in Athens. It was organized by Peisistratus, who removed private houses from the agora, closed wells, and made it the center of Athenian government. He also built a drainage system,fountains and a temple to the Olympian gods. In the 5th and 4th century BC there were temples constructed to Hephaestus, Zeus and Apollo.

Private Walking Tour: Monastiraki, Ancient Agora and Plaka Monuments

Wander through the markets in the Monstiraki area, see classical Roman and Ottoman monuments of the city including the Ancient Agora and soak up the atmosphere in the Plaka’s narrow paved streets that pass many of the city’s Ancient sites on this three-hour private walking tour of Athens. Heading down to Mitropoleos Square where you can visit the Cathedral which began construction on Christmas day in 1842. It remains a major city landmark and the site of important ceremonies like coronations of royals and weddings and funerals of the rich and famous.

Ancient Agora

 

1. Peristyle Court
2. Mint
3. Enneakrounos
4. South Stoa I and South Stoa II
5. Aiakeion
6. Strategeion
7. Colonos Agoraios
8. Tholos
9. Agora stone
10. Monument of the Eponymous Heroes
11. Metroon (Old Bouleuterion)
12. New Bouleuterion
13. Temple of Hephaestus (Hephaestion)
14. Temple of Apollo Patroos
15. Stoa of Zeus
16. Altar of the Twelve Gods
17. Stoa Basileios (Royal stoa)
18. Temple of Aphrodite Urania
19. Stoa of Hermes
20. Stoa Poikile

Prices

Tickets

Full: €4
Reduced: €2
Museum and Ancient Agora of Athens
Special ticket package
Full: €12
Reduced: €6

Valid for

  • Acropolis of Athens
  • Ancient Agora of Athens
  • Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos
  • Hadrian’s Library, Kerameikos
  • Museum of the Ancient Agora
  • North slope of Acropolis
  • Olympieio
  • Roman Agora of Athens
  • South Slope of Acropolis

Free admission days

6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
5 June (International Enviroment Day)
18 April (International Monuments Day)
18 May (International Museums Day)
The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st
28 OctoberReduced admission for:
Greek citizens and citizens of other Member – States of the European Union aged over 65 years old by showing their ID card or passport.
Students of Higher Education Institutes and equivalent Schools from countries outside the EU by showing their student ID
The accompanying parents on educational visits of elementary schools.Free admission for:
Cultural Card holders
Journalists with a journalist identity card
Members of Societies and Associations of Friends of Museums and Archaeological Sites throughout Greece with the demonstration of certified membership card
Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS
Persons accompanying blind and disabled
Persons possessing a free admission card
The escorting teachers of schools and institutions of elementary, middle school, high school, university and graduate level education during their visits
The official guests of the Greek government, with the approval of the General Director of Antiquities.
Tourist guides after demonstrating their professional identity of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
University students and students at Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent schools of Member – States of the European Union and students at Schools of Tourist Guides, by showing their student ID
Young people, under the age of 18, after demonstrating the Identity Card or passport to confirm the age

Directions

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Facilities

Museum

The collections of the museum include:

Finds from the wells, deposits, burials, workshops and sanctuaries, (4th millenium B.C. – 7th century B.C.)
Clay, bronze, bone, ivory, and glass objects (6th century B.C. – 3rd century A.D.)
Sculpture (6th century B.C. – 3rd century A.D.)
Coins (6th century B.C. – A.D. 1831)
Pottery (6th century B.C. – 6th century A.D.)
Inscriptions (5th century B.C. – 2nd century A.D.)
Items included in public life (5th – 2nd century B.C.)
Clay lamps (7th century B.C.- 11th century A.D.)
Objects found in a deep well (10th – 1st century B.C.)
Pottery of the Byzantine period and the Turkish occupation (10th-12th and 17th centuries B.C.)
Collection of amphoras (6th century B.C. – Byzantine times)
Sculptures from the peristyle of the stoa (5th century B.C. – 3rd century A.D.)
Sculpture and architectural parts of the Upper Stoa

Opening Hours

From the 1st of April
Monday – Sunday: 8.00 – 15.00
Last admission: 14:30
Museum of Ancient Agora of Athens
Monday: 11.00 – 15.00
Tuesday – Sunday: 8.00 – 15.00

Holidays

1 January: closed
6 January: 08.00-15.00
Shrove Monday: 08.00-15.00
25 March: closed
Good Friday: closed until 12 of noon
Holy Saturday: 08.00-15.00
1 May: closed
Easter Sunday: closed
Easter Monday: 08.00-15.00
Holy Spirit Day: 08.00-15.00
15 August: 08.00-15.00
28 October: 08.00-15.00
25 December: closed
26 December: closed

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