Athenian Agora

Price guide: Budget

24 Adrianou Street, Monastiraki, Athens, 10555

Price guide: Budget

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expert-rated things to do in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Great views / scenery, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of Athenian Agora

Explore the shopping mall where democracy was born.

In its classical heyday, the Agora was the hub of city life, where market traders mingled with politicians and philosophers. Today, only fragments remain of the many civic buildings where democracy was first developed. But the 30-acre site is home to one of the best-preserved temples in Greece – the 5th century BC temple of Hephaistos. Another highlight is the Stoa of Attalos, Europe’s first shopping mall. The elegant colonnaded structure has been reconstructed and converted into a lovely little museum. But there are plenty of stores selling trinkets and tat just outside the gates on bustling Adrianou Street.

Price advice: 

€4, concessions €2.

Expert tips: 
Signposting is pretty basic. This vast site is best appreciated with a guide.
Just above the Agora is a scenic short cut between Plaka and Thisseion: a romantic footpath weaving among the ruins. Most Athenians aren’t even aware of its existence. Access is via Polygnotou Street in Plaka or opposite the Thisseion open-air cinema on Apostolou Pavlou Street.

More information on Athenian Agora:

Price guide:
Archaeological site, Park / garden
24 Adrianou Street, Monastiraki, Athens, 10555
+30 210 321 0185
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
April-Oct: 8am-7.30pm (from 11am on Mon) Nov-March: 8am-5pm (from 11am on Mon). Opening times in winter vary so check before visiting.
Free tags / Keywords:
Archaeological park, Views, Temple, Museum

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