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by Santorini Dave • Updated: January 24, 2023
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Tours and Tickets:
• Athens Pass Combo Ticket (7 archaeological sites + Acropolis Museum. No tour.)
• Athens Mythology Highlights Tour (Guided tour of Acropolis, Ancient Agora, and Temple of Olympian Zeus)
• Mythology Tour for Families (Kid-centered tour of the Acropolis and Ancient Agora)
• Private Group Tour (Ancient Agora, Plaka, & Monastiraki)
• Daily Life in Ancient Athens (private tour of Kerameikos, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Monastiraki & Plaka neighborhoods)
Ancient Agora Hours and Information
- Hours: Open daily. Summer (April to October) 8am – 8pm; last entrance to the site at 7:40pm. Winter (November to March) 8am – 5pm; last entrance to the site at 4:40pm. Closed 1 January, 25 March, 1 May, Orthodox Easter Sunday, 25 & 26 December.
- Website: odysseus.culture.gr
- Location: Adrianou 24
- Telephone: +30 210 321 0185
- Admission Fee: Summer (April to October) entrance fee: 10€. Winter (November to March) entrance fee: 5€. Reduced admission 5€. Ticket prices include admission to the museum of the Ancient Agora of Athens. You can also purchase a 30€ combo ticket for this and 6 additional sites: Acropolis, the Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Kerameikos, and Aristotle’s Lyceum. The combo ticket is valid for 5 days and offered year round. Tickets can be purchased on site or in advance online.
- Free Entry: 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri), 18 April (International Monuments Day), 18 May (International Museums Day), the last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days), 28 October, every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st.
- Parking: Street parking, nearby pay lots.
- Nearest Metro: Monastiraki, Thiseio.
The Ancient Agora in Athens
- The Ancient Agora is located on the border of Athens’ Plaka and Thiseio neighborhoods, at the northwest foot of the Acropolis. The closest metro stations are Monastiraki (Line 3 or Blue line) or Thiseio (Line 1 or Green line), both about 300 meters away.
- The Ancient Agora of Athens is not to be confused with the Roman Agora, which is situated nearby, about 100 meters to the west.
- The Ancient Agora served as a municipal marketplace and the political, cultural, and economic center of Ancient Athens. Later, under the Roman Emperor, Augustus, the marketplace moved over to the nearby Roman Agora.
- There are 3 prominent structures at the site:
The Stoa of Attalos is a typical building of the Hellenistic Period, built by and named after King Attalos or Attalus of Pergamon 269–197 BC. A faithful replica of the original building, it was reconstructed in the 1950s and is now home to the Museum of Ancient Agora (included in admission price).
The Temple of Hephaestus (460-415 BC) is located on top of Agoraios Kolonos hill on the northwest side of the Agora. There were many potters and metal-working workshops in the area of the temple, and it is named after the patron god of metal working, craftsmanship, and fire. From the 7th century until 1834, it served as the Greek Orthodox church of Saint George Akamates. In the 19th century, the building was used as a burial place for many people who died in the Greek War of Independence in 1821. Consistent use has helped the building to remain intact.
The Byzantine Church of Agioi Apostoloi (Holy Apostles), located next to the Stoa of Attalos, is one of the earliest byzantine churches in Athens, dating back to the late 10th century. A liturgy is held once a year on June 30th.
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