Athens: Historical Agora

I have visited Athens twice so far – in November 2008 and in February 2017. And will gladly return anytime. The city centre is a gigantic historical open-air museum with some monuments dating back more than 2500 years. The food is delicious, people are nice and friendly, the sun is shining most of the time and there is always something new to discover.For example the Agora on the Aeropagus hill, which was the administrative, political, commercial and social hub in the 6th century BC until it was destroyed in 267 AD. Later, a Turkish residential quarter with more than 400 buildings was constructed in this place and were recently demolished to uncover the historical ruins. Take a walk like Socrates or St. Paul around the government meeting place Tholos, council house New Bouleterion, a theater multiple stoas with visible ruins of a colonnade and and ancient canalisation system. Among these, three still standing buildings will attract you.

 

Agora in Athens, Greece with the Temple of Hephaestos (centre) and Stoa of Attalos (bottom right)
Agora in Athens, Greece with the Temple of Hephaestos (centre) and Stoa of Attalos (bottom right)


Agora na kopci Aeropagus bola administratívnym, politickým, komerčným a spoločenským centrom v 6. storočí pred naším letopočtom až do svojho zničenia … pokračujte v slovenčine.


The Stoa of Attalos is craftfully reconstructed covered walkway with a museum inside. There are 45 Doric columns and the same amount of Ionic columns. Reportedly, this Stoa was also painted in bold blue and red colors and I guess most of the ancient building were similarly colorful. it is difficult to imagine that while looking at washed beige or sandy-colored columns.
 
Agora with Stoa of Attalos, Athens, Greece
Agora with Stoa of Attalos, Athens, Greece

 
Stoa of Attalos, Agora, Athens, Greece
Stoa of Attalos, Agora, Athens, Greece

 

At the hill, the Temple of Hephaestuswith 24 columns is the most preserved temple in Greece built in 449 BC.

Temple of Hephaestos, Agora, Athens, Greece
Temple of Hephaestos, Agora, Athens, Greece

 
Temple of Hephaestos, Agora, Athens, Greece
Temple of Hephaestos, Agora, Athens, Greece

 
Temple of Hephaestos, Agora, Athens, Greece
Temple of Hephaestos, Agora, Athens, Greece

 
Temple of Hephaestos, Agora, Athens, Greece
Temple of Hephaestos, Agora, Athens, Greece

 
Temple of Hephaestos, Agora, Athens, Greece
Temple of Hephaestos, Agora, Athens, Greece

 
Temple of Hephaestos, Agora, Athens, Greece
Temple of Hephaestos, Agora, Athens, Greece

 
Temple of Hephaestos, Agora, Athens, Greece
Temple of Hephaestos, Agora, Athens, Greece

 
Temple of Hephaestos, Agora, Athens, Greece
Temple of Hephaestos, Agora, Athens, Greece

 
Agora canalisation and Colonnade remains, Athens, Greece
Agora canalisation and Colonnade remains with Acropolis in the back, Athens, Greece

 
Agora, Athens, Greece
Agora, Athens, Greece

 

The Church of the Holy Apostle towards the Acropolis was built in 10th century AD and dedicated to St. Paul’s teaching in this area.

Church, Agora, Athens, Greece
Church, Agora, Athens, Greece

 
Church, Agora, Athens, Greece
Church, Agora, Athens, Greece

 
Church, Agora, Athens, Greece
Church, Agora, Athens, Greece

 
Church, Agora, Athens, Greece
Church, Agora, Athens, Greece

 

Further north from Agora are ruins of Roman Agora and Hadrian’s library. Do not confuse the latter with Hadrian’s Arch. If you would like to read more about Athens, check here.


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