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At the foot of the Acropolis, near the Theseion metro station and bordering on the streets where the Sunday bazaar takes place, is the archaeological site of the ancient Agora. Since Agora means 'market' in Greek, the ancient and the modern use of the place are not far apart. But, in ancient years, the Agora was the political, cultural and religious center as well. The administrative buildings and the temples were built in this area, where the public services and the courts of law were also based.
This is was where Athenians gathered on a daily basis not only to buy and sell their goods, but also to learn the news, to criticise the government, to exchange views or just gossip.
The history of this area goes back to Neolithic times and the site includes monuments of different periods. From the Classical to the 11th century AD represented by the church of the Ayioi Apostoloi. Beside the Aerides, once a covered market with colonnades, some still intact, the Roman Agora was probably built around 17 BC and AD 2 and funded by Julius and Augustus Caesar. Gypsy street vendors here will show you delicate lace cloths and colorful embroidery and you are nearing the Monastiraki area once more.


snap Starting Point Athens
sun Out and About - I You are here
mon Likavitos St Dionysos Gala Dinner At the Disco
tue Acropolis - I Acropolis - II Cathedral Last Dinner
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