Ancient Agora,
Ancient bust in ancient Agora, Athens. Photograph - Why Athens

Ancient Agora


The ancient Agora is a lovely place to wander around amid the scattered ruins and greenery and is never as busy as the Acropolis. A large square on the northwest slope of the Acropolis, it was the heart of ancient Athens, where social and religious activities, commerce, outdoor theatrical performances were held.  Above all, it was the centre of Athenian democracy where important political assemblies and judicial functions took place.

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The Ancient Agora is situated at the base of the Acropolis, Athens. Photograph: Why Athens

It’s a site of natural beauty and where both Pericles and Socrates would have spent a great deal of time. Highlights include the well-preserved Hephaestus Temple and the Stoa of Attalos. 

Ancient Agora,

The Hephaestus Temple in the Ancient Agora, Athens. Photograph: Why Athens

Why Athens Tip: Keep an eye out for the friendly tortoise who visits the lawn in front of Hephaestus Temple. He or she seems to like the attention of passers by.

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Ancient Agora,

Tortoise’s are often seen in the grounds of the Ancient Agora. Photograph: Why Athens