- Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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The agoras of the ancient Greek city-states were open areas for people to assemble for anything from military purposes to political or commercial ones. Ancient Agora is the most popular of its kind, thanks in part to its historical significance. Socrates used to lecture here, and it was also here that Saint Paul sought out converts for the then-fledgling religion known as Christianity.
Recent travelers, especially history buffs, loved visiting Ancient Agora. Though some wished the site offered more written information about its ruins, many felt the locale had a better atmosphere (and fewer crowds) than the adjacent Acropolis. Just be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or allot extra time for moving around if you use a wheelchair, since Ancient Agora's pathways are covered in gravel.
Ancient Agora costs 8 euros (about $9) per person to visit, or you can purchase a unified ticket for 30 euros ($32.50), which includes five consecutive days of access to Ancient Agora, the Acropolis and the Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos. Free admission days to this central Athens site are offered on select holidays and winter Sundays. Tickets include entry to all of Ancient Agora's attractions, including the Stoa of Attalos, the Temple of Hephaestus and the Tholos. Restrooms and water fountains are also available. There is no on-site parking, but multiple bus stops and the Thissio, Monastiraki, Syntagma and Acropoli metro stations sit nearby. Ancient Agora is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, excluding select Greek public holidays. Check out the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports' ODYSSEUS website to learn more.
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