Ancient Agora of Athens: Temple of Hephaestus, Stoa of Attalos, Byzantine Church of the Holy Apostles

Jan 5, 2019 | Athens, Europe, Greece

Ancient Agora of Athens is an archaeological site located in the heart of the city which will not leave you indifferent because there are at least three masterpieces of ancient Greek architecture on its territory.

First of them is the Stoa of Attalos (stoa means covered walkway) which was used by Ancient Greeks for commercial purposes. The original building was destroyed by Germans and nowadays tourists can enjoy the restored version of it thanks to American School of Classical Studies. There is a great museum with a unique collection of ancient items and sculptures located in the building.

The next well-preserved building situated not far from it is the Byzantine Church of the Holy Apostles built in 1000 AD which definitely deserves your attention thanks to its beautiful and unique architecture even if you are not a fan of religious sites.

The final iconic building which will blow your mind is the Temple of Hephaestus, the god of fire, the son of Zeus and Hera. The construction of this impressive temple was completed two years before Parthenon and fortunately, it remained intact until our days.

Useful Tips: 

  • Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st the admission is free
  • You can get a combo ticket for 30 euros (reduced price is 15 euros) which is valid for 5 days to visit the following attractions: Acropolis of Athens and its south and north slopes, Ancient Agora of Athens and the museum situated in Stoa of Attalos, Roman Agora of Athens, Hadrian’s Library, Olympieio, Archaeological Museum of KerameikosArchaeological Site of LykeionKerameikos 

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