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Ancient Agora of Athens

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The Athenian Agora An agora was essentially a gathering place, more like a central square, in cities built during the Greek civilisation. These spaces served as locations for announcement of news pertaining to state affairs and also provided space to merchants/ moneylenders/ artisans that stored their goods, set up shops and built workshops in and around the agora. The Ancient Agora of Athens or The Athenian Agora is one of the best examples of this assembly space perched atop the Market Hill. What draws your eyes at this site are the massive carved pillars placed at the entrance to the Odeon of Agrippa, the large concern hall in the centre of the Agora that is said to have a seating capacity of around 1,000 people. The government has made efforts to ensure that while this space is open to the public and protect the archaeological remains; several pieces unearthed during the excavation have been shifted to the museum that is housed in what was the Stoa of Attalos. Do be careful when you walk around the Agora - the uneven ground can be tricky for those of us preoccupied with the surroundings and busy imagining the way things may have looked when the ancient Greek civilisation was at its pinnacle. Other things to look out for in this space are the remains of the Athenian Boule, Temple of Hephaestus, sections of the Altar of the Twelve Gods and the museum and the Stoa of Attalos.Other places to be added to your Athens schedule, some of which we managed...