Ancient Agora
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the heart of ancient Athens

Ancient Agora of Athens 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 Agoraios Kolonos, also called Market Hill. It was the heart of ancient Athens, the focus of political, commercial, administrative and social activity, the religious and cultural centre, and the seat of justice.

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Temple of Hephaistos

Temple of Hephaistos stands on top of Agoraios Kolonos hil. It is also known as the Theseion or Hephaisteion, was built in the fifth century BC. The temple was dedicated to the gods Hephaistos. Hephaistosis the lame god of fire and metalworking in ancient mythology. It is the best preserved temple in all of Greece thanks to its conversion into a church in the seventh century. In 1834 the temple was declared a national monument and for some time used as an archaeological museum.

photo by Erik Daniel Drost

Museum of the Ancient Agora

Museum of the Ancient Agora is a veritable Museum of the History of Democracy. It displays a varied range of objects that were found during excavation of the Ancient Agora. There are a number of world-acclaimed ceramic items and statues among its collections, such as the colossal statue of Apollon Patroos.

photo by Shadowgate


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Athens Plaka
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