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The Ancient Agora of Athens


Archaeological Sites

Considered one of the most interesting archaeological sites in Greece, the Agora was the heart of ancient Athens for 1,200 years. It is a large open square which, during its time, was a place of political, commercial, administrative and social activity, and was the religious and cultural centre of Athens. This is where Socrates addressed his public, where democracy was born and where St Paul preached and converted the first Athenians to Christianity.

The Agora is a great place to wander, imagining the lively bustle that once filled this historic centre. The site was first used as a residential and burial area as early as the late Neolithic period (3000 BC), but it was in the early sixth century, in the time of Solon, that the Agora became a public area. After a series of repairs and re-modellings, it reached its final rectangular form in the 2nd century BC.

Today, the best view of the Agora can be seen from the Areopagos rock. Admission fees apply for full entry, see below for prices and free admission dates.

Working Hours

Summer Period (April - October): 8am - 8pm

Winter Period (November - March): 8.30am - 8pm

Closed Monday mornings from 8am until 11am.

Admission Fee:

Full: €4.00, Reduced: €2.00 valid for the Ancient Agora of Athens and Museum of Ancient Agora of Athens

Free admission days:

6th March, in memory of Melina Mercouri

5th June, International Enviroment Day

18th April, International Monuments Day

18th May, International Museums Day

The last weekend of September annually, European Heritage Days

Sundays during the period between 1st November and 31st March

National Holidays

The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September.

27th September, International Tourism Day


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