Ancient Agora & Temple of Hephaestus

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Johnpro Johnpro
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The Roman Agora Jan 02, 2012
History :

East of the Ancient Agora a new agora was built by the Athenians in the first century BC. It is the Roman Agora or agora of Caesar and Augustus. When continuing up the road at Hadrian's Library, the archaeological site can be best seen from Aiolou Street and even better from the higher up Polygnotou Street

The Roman Agora is a space measuring 111 m by 98 m (364 ft by 321 ft) comprising a spacious rectangular courtyard surrounded by stoa’s, shops and storerooms and it was surrounded by Ionic columns. During the reign of Hadrian the court was paved with slabs. After the invasion of the Herulen in 267 AD the city of Athens was restricted to the area within the late roman fortification wall and the administrative and commercial center of the city was transferred from the Ancient Agora to the Roman Agora and the library of Hadrian. During the Byzantine period and the Turkish occupation the area was covered with houses, workshops and churches.

The Gate of Athena Archegetis in the Roman Agora .The Gate of Athena Archegetis is in the west side of the Roman Agora. It was built between 19 and 11 BC.

Useful Links : More information at the official web site of Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism!

http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/3/eh351.jsp?obj_id=2402

What around : Acropoli , Kerameikos, Acropoilis Museum , Plaka , Monastiraki .

How to go : With Subway Monastiraki terminal , Metro Monastiraki station ! Just 200 meters away from monastiraki square , at the end of Plaka neighbourhood !

Tips :

Opening hours and tickets :

Summer (01/04-31/10) , 08:30-15:00 daily

Winter (01/11-31/03) , 08:30-15:00 daily

Normal 2 Euro , Reduced 2 Euro include Tower of the winds

(Day ticket for all archaeological entries , must be 12 entrances and cost 12 euro ). The prices @ 2011 .

Every Sunday in winter period have free entrance for the most of that !

The photos are from 2011 & 2012 !

P.s. I make the review like a small guide ! I know is more better and easier to read ! If you ask me what I like ? I like all of them and love to be a tourist in my city :)

I am not Historical or a Guide , just explore and love my city :) . For extra information contact with me :).
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alessandrozzzz says:
I like this approach. I sometime make the same experience in my little town. The town of Bergamo organizes periodically guided tours to the less known parts of the town for the people living here interested in discovering better their own town. Taking into consideration the two extremes it is interesting discover both foreing countries and one's own town. :-))
Posted on: Feb 20, 2012
Johnpro says:
Thank you Max :) Bergamo is a town but if you been to Rome will be also a tourist in your city :) Thank you for your comment was very stochastic :)
Posted on: Feb 20, 2012
alessandrozzzz says:
"...a tourist in my city!" .. wonderful approach !
Posted on: Feb 20, 2012
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Johnpro Johnpro
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Ancient Agora ! Jan 02, 2012
History :

It was an area of political gatherings and commercial transactions, the locus of the administration and of justice, a religious and intellectual centre. The agora is already mentioned in Homer’s epics, and represents, therefore, a constituent element of the ancient Greek city.

The Agora of ancient Athens covers a rather large area NW of the Acropolis, demarcated by the Areios Pagos on the south, the river Heridanos on the north and by the hillock of Agoraios Kolonos on the west.

Throughout its history, the Agora area is crossed by three streets. The first street traverses the Agora square from the NW and leads to the Acropolis. This street is later identified as the so-called Panathenaic Way, the street used for the Panathinaea Festival procession. During the Classical Period it is simply called ‘way’. The second street forks from the first street at the north entrance of the Agora and follows a SE course along the west street. The third street surrounds the square from the south, connecting the other two streets. A wide triangular space is formed between these three streets.

The church are in the same complex and build at 2nd century and rebuild (partial) as it have at 1956 !

More information at the official web site of Hellenic

Helpful Links :

Ministry of Culture and Tourism!

http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/2/eh251.jsp?obj_id=6621

What around : Acropoli , Kerameikos, Acropoilis Museum , Plaka , Monastiraki .

How to go :

Just come down from the acropolis rock . Or just get in from the monastiaki side , street name Andianou ! With Subway , Monastiraki or Theision terminal !

Tips :

Wear shoes with rubber soles as leather ones or sport shoes .

The national holidays are close !

Temple of Hephaistos or Theision is the same , many monuments and things to see in the same ancient complex !

Also there Ancient Agora , The museum , Temple of Hephaestus and many other !

Opening hours and tickets :

Summer (01/04-31/10) , 08:00-19:30 daily Mon 11:00-19:30



Winter (01/11-31/03) , 08:00-15:00 daily


Normal 4 Euro , Reduced 2 Euro. The prices @ 2011 .

Every Sunday in winter period have free entrance for the most of that !

The photos are mixed from different visits from 2009-2011 !

P.s. Just a small note ! I make the review like a small guide with different sections , I know is more better and easier to read ! If you ask me what I like ? I like all of them and love to be a tourist in my city :) I am not Historical or a Guide , just explorer :) . Extra information contact with me :). Thanks for reading !
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Johnpro says:
Ladies first :) Thank you sweet Riya for your comment !
Thank you too for reading and comment my friend Jacques :)
Posted on: Jan 31, 2012
msarkar2810 says:
Mesmeric! :)
Posted on: Jan 30, 2012
westwind57 says:
thanks, very informative post!
Posted on: Jan 30, 2012

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