The Ancient Agora located to the south-west of the Acropolis, was the heart of the public life of the Athenians during antiquity.
It was the centre of the political, commercial, administrative and social activities, the cradle of culture and the seat of justice, from the archaic period until 267 AD, when it was fully destroyed by the Herulae. It's within close walking distance of Thisseio metro station and will transport you to a magical journey of the past.
It's worth nothing that in order to reveal the Ancient Agora (the first coordinated archaeological excavations began in 1859 and continue to this day) it was necessary to demolish about 400 buildings covering the area of 12 hectares! One of the most significant monuments of this space is undoubtedly the famous Temple of Hephaestus (or Thisseio) that was reconstructed in 1975. The equally important and significant monuments are the Vasileios Stoa (Royal Arcade) and the Central Stoa, the Odeon of Agrippa, Nymphaion and Tholos.
You'll complete your journey here at the Museum of the Ancient Agora which is housed in the reconstructed space of the impressive Stoa of Attalos. The Museum's exhibits focus on the public and private life of the Athenians which dates back to the Neolithic era until the Turkish occupation and are categorised by subject and chronology.