Agora in Athens
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Mar - May, Sep - Nov
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About Agora in Athens
Agora in Greek stands for the marketplace or a meeting place. The Agora in ancient Greek city-states was central public space that was the soul of the city-state. The general populace mingled and interacted in the Agora while the statesmen met for policy making. Vendors put up stalls and artists performed for the crowd. The Agora was the heart of the city, and the square had all the government buildings. The residence of state officials, and athletic and sports competitions along with philosophers spreading their wisdom all found their place at the Agora. From social activity to religious activities, recreation and upholding of justice, the Agora remained the venue for everything of note that took place in the city.
The ancient Agora of Athens is a prime example of the Greek agora and was an incredibly important place with regards to life in ancient Athens. The Agora in ancient Greece, especially the one in the city of Athens, was the centre of everything; from market to elections to policy making to upholding justice. The agora was surrounded by monuments and buildings necessary to run the Athenian government. For 5000 years, the agora had always been occupied be it by commercial buildings, residential buildings, monuments or public and government buildings.
The Agora of Athens Greece went through several cycles of construction, destruction and rebuilding and remodelling. The agora hosted merchants, craftsmen, philosophers debating and propagating wisdom, policy makers and artists. After being destroyed in the Slavic invasion of 580 A.D., the place was abandoned before being redeveloped as a residential area during the Byzantine Empire up until 1834. The historical significance of the Agora is immense and is a must visit place for the ancient history enthusiasts.
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FAQ's of Athens
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The museum of ancient Agora is housed in the Stoa of Attalos on the Ancient Agora of Athens.
The agora is extremely close to the Monastiraki which is an excellent place to grab food and some drinks.
The hill of Areopagus binds the southern side of the Agora.
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