This is the heart of ancient Athens. Walking here you walk in the footsteps of some our our most famous Western thinkers and leaders. This is the birthplace of democracy where it was widely practiced and developed. It is also the epicentre for the stoic movement of philosophy. It of course was the heart of commerce for Athens as well. The magnificently reconstructed Stoa of Attalos is well worth about an hour to explore. You can feel the drop in temperature when you enter the Stoa (a testiment to why it was there and constructed in such a way I suspect). The magnificently preserved Hephaisteion is at the far end of the agora and itself worth a visit. Bring a guide book or a guide with you so that you get the most of your visit.
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