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 take you on a magical journey back in time.
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 here is undoubtedly the famous Temple of Hephaestus (or Thisseio) that was reconstructed in 1975. Equally invaluable and significant monuments are the Vasileios Stoa (Royal Arcade) and the Central Stoa, the Odeon of Agrippa, Nymphaion and Tholos.
You should not miss the opportunity to visit the Museum of the Ancient Agora which is housed in the reconstructed premises of the impressive Stoa of Attalos. The Museum's exhibits focus on the public and private life of the Athenians, dating back from the Neolithic era to the Turkish occupation and are categorised by subject and chronology.