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Written by Nigilesh on May 22, 2020 Share on

Agora: The central hotspot of Athens

The meaning of the word ‘Agora’ (pronounced ‘ah-go-RAH’) is an open place of assembly’ in Greek. In the beginning, this served as an area in which the free-born citizens are allowed to gather to hear the civic announcements, muster for military campaigns, or discuss politics.  After a period of time, this was converted to a market place of the city where craftsmen used to make and sell their wares. It was an open market, where the merchants had their shops. The Agora is located in the center of the city in Athens.

Agora, Athens
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How to reach?

This is in the center of the city of Athens, which makes accessibility not a major concern here. Metro service can be used to reach the place. Generally using line 1 and getting off at either Monastiraki or Thesion will help you reach this place. The distance to reach the site by walk form both the stations are pretty similar. It’s a five minutes walk from the station. Renting a cab wouldn’t be a great idea as you’ll be left with the same walking distance, as the road leading to the site is a pedestrian road and cars are not allowed. As mentioned before it is surrounded by other famous sights in Athens. You can visit the Acropolis or the Agora Museum in the Stoa of Attalos on foot and also reach Monastiraki and Plaka by exiting on Adrianou street.

Agora’s role in changing western philosophy

This is the place where the great philosopher Socrates attracted the youth crowd of Athens. They were captivated by Socrates’s idealogy and his witty questions. One such youngster was  Aristocles, son of Ariston who after hearing Socrates speak, went and burned all his works, and became the philosopher known as Plato. He later went on to found the first university and tutored one of the world’s most scared emperor at that time Alexander the great. The names you see here are the most iconic names of the era, which shows the importance of this place in carving the western philosophy and the total history.

Famous temples in the site: 

The Agora was also home to some iconic temples. The notable one is the Temple of Hephaestus, the Greek god of craftsmen and metalworking. Others include temples dedicated to Zeus, Athena, Apollo, and Ares.

Aerial view of Agora
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Tips to know before including it in your itinerary

  • The best way to cover this site is to get a unified ticket that allows you to not only visit the Agora, but also allows you to access other archaeological sites with the likes of the Acropolis, the Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, and Kerameikos.
  • The average time taken to cover the archaeological site is between 30 to 60 mins, depending on the traveller. Our recommendation would be to walk around the site before the temperature becomes a concern and then you can visit the museum.
  • Like all other sites in Athens, you can expect a decent crowd in the day time. It’s best to visit around 9:00 AM to make sure there is no rush and you can have the whole site to yourself to explore. 
  • Wear light clothes and comfortable shoes. Buy bottled water, because you will need that for sure.
  • The site is relatively flat and easy to walk around in flip-flops, but you should wear a hat and sunglasses. Even in summer, you have the shades of the trees around the site to relax at particular intervals to make sure you are not exhausted due to the heat.

This place is unbelievably rich in the shreds of evidence that the people and the culture existed in Greece. This is one of the things to check for sure when you are planning for a Greece vacation in the future. Start planning right away with Pickyourtrail‘s customizable itinerary. Check out some amazing deals to kickstart the plans for the dream vacation you have always wished for!

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