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“Must visit for the history buffs”

Ancient Agora of Athens
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Owner description: These ruins, located in the heart of modern Athens, were once the site of the marketplace in ancient times, a political, cultural and economic center of the ancient world.
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“Must visit for the history buffs”
Reviewed 11 May 2012

Just a short walk down the path from the Acropolis, the Agora is a place one would want to visit after doing one's research and pre-reading. There's a lot of history to take in here, and many structures are of great historical significance (such as the Tholos, residence of the administrators of the world's first democracy; the Boulouterion, which was the world's first Senate, etc.).
Nearby (ie within the same compound) is the Agora Museum, where you'll find the stele that was created to declare Athens a democracy, a shard of pottery that was a citizen's vote in favour of the motion to ostracize the famous physician Hippocrates, and other such objects of historical significance.
Ticket price: included in the 12 euro ticket that you purchase at the top of the Acropolis.
Average visit duration: 60-120 minutes, depending on the level of detail you want to cover!
Tip: Keep an eye on the grassy banks and pathways while you walk between the structures - there are wild turtles living in the area, you just might be able to spot some!

Visited May 2012
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“Awesome, but come prepared!”
Reviewed 9 May 2012

The Agora is a definite must when visiting Athens! You'll need about an hour to walk through the entire area, including the museum. My biggest tip: download the FREE Rick Steve's audioguide podcast for the Agora. It's fantastic! Gives you literally step by step information about the highlights of what you're seeing. To my knowlege, there were no auidioguides or detailed information pamphlets available at the site. My friend had just discovered this free app, and came prepared. Also, be careful and ask when you purchase your ticket about closing times. According to the website, the Agora should be open until 19:30 starting April 1, but we were told they were still closing at 15:00. Luckily, we had just finished the Rick Steves tour, so it worked out fine for us. I've heard the shorter hours are common these days in Greece, so just be sure to double check before you invest in a ticket.

Visited May 2012
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“Ancient Agora; full of history”
Reviewed 6 May 2012

Another great place to experience ancient Greece. At the foot of the Acropolis (on one side), also great shopping just outside.

Visited April 2012
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“Ancient Agora ruins and museum”
Reviewed 5 May 2012

Ruins are large enough to give a sense of ancient Greek life. Small museum contains everyday vases and items. My favorite is a ceramic potty chair for toddlers.

Visited September 2011
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“Agora -- spacious and some excellent ruins.”
Reviewed 2 May 2012

Thios is very open and well worth the visit. Meseum is interesting and the various buildings on the site make it a worthwhile trip.

Visited March 2012
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