Holidays in Ancient Agora of Athens

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Ancient Agora featuring a ruin

Breathe the atmosphere of a bygone age in the historic commercial and social heart of Athens.

The Ancient Agora was the place where people came to shop, socialise, trade, hold meetings and discuss the burning issues of the day. This site to the north west of the Acropolis is one of the best surviving examples of a typical Greek agora, or market, dating from the 6th century.

Today, you can wander around the ruins and get a feel for what life was like for affluent Athenians during Greece’s Golden Age. Although many of the buildings are roped off in order to prevent further deterioration to their delicate limestone and marble columns and facades, the surviving friezes depicting gods and mythological figures can still be admired from a safe distance.

Of the nine churches in the original Agora, only one now remains. However the nearby Temple of Hephaestus on the hill of Kolonos Agoraios is one of the best-preserved examples of Doric temple architecture in Greece. Its dedication to the patron god of metal working and craftsmanship would have been particularly relevant to the tradespeople of the Agora.

The landscaped grounds provide a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of nearby modern Athens. Here you will find many ancient plants such as almond trees, myrtle bushes and pomegranates. Explore the dense undergrowth of the hillside for traces of ancient archaeological monuments, then head for the centre of the Agora to admire the splendour of the Acropolis towering above you.

It’s easy to get carried away by a strong sense of history and heritage as you explore the Agora. This is the place where Socrates held lessons with his students, in the workshop of Simon the shoemaker, although its exact location is unknown. It’s also the site of important political meetings and military activities, as well as the commercial heart of the ancient city, where shopkeepers touted their wares and residents came to bargain and gossip.

Entry to the Ancient Agora is included in the Acropolis admission price and the site is open daily.

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The Pinnacle Athens
The Pinnacle Athens
5 out of 5
75 Eolou & Evripidou, Athens
The price is AU$195 per night from 20 Oct. to 20 Oct.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Athens Central Market, Monastiraki Flea Market, and Roman Agora. Acropolis Museum ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (207 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay at the Pinnacle Athens September 3rd-4th. The staff was great. Communication could not have been any better. The location was very convenient to all the major attractions. Several restaurants are within walking distance. We highly recommend this hotel."

Reviewed on 13 Sep. 2021

The Pinnacle Athens
Athens Gate Hotel
Athens Gate Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$210 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Greek Evangelical Church, Arch of Hadrian and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Theatre of Dionysus and Museum ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (982 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2021

Athens Gate Hotel
Electra Metropolis Athens
Electra Metropolis Athens
5 out of 5
15 Mitropoleos Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$337 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ermou Street, Acropolis Museum and Monastiraki Flea Market. Ancient Agora of Athens ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (964 reviews)
"Hotel is very centrally located. Walkable to most historical sites. A lot of food options in the area. Breakfast was great every morning with great views."

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2021

Electra Metropolis Athens
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Astor Hotel
Astor Hotel
4 out of 5
16 Karagiorgi Servias Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$123 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
Astor Hotel
Athens Gate Hotel
Athens Gate Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$210 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
Athens Gate Hotel
The Pinnacle Athens
The Pinnacle Athens
5 out of 5
75 Eolou & Evripidou, Athens
The price is AU$195 per night from 20 Oct. to 20 Oct.
The Pinnacle Athens
Electra Metropolis Athens
Electra Metropolis Athens
5 out of 5
15 Mitropoleos Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$337 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
Electra Metropolis Athens
Electra Palace Athens
Electra Palace Athens
5 out of 5
18 - 20 N Nikodimou Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$285 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
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Grand Hyatt Athens
Grand Hyatt Athens
5 out of 5
115, Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attica
The price is AU$226 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
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Divani Palace Acropolis
Divani Palace Acropolis
5 out of 5
19 25 Parthenonos St, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$226 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
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Plaka Hotel
Plaka Hotel
3 out of 5
7, Kapnikareas & Mitropoleos St, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$174 per night from 22 Sep. to 22 Sep.
Plaka Hotel
The Stanley
The Stanley
4 out of 5
1 Odisseos Str., Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$156 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
The Stanley
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