Ancient Agora & Temple Of Hephaestus

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The ancient Agora of Athens is the best-known example of an ancient Greek agora (gathering place).
Next to the Athenian Agora, you’ll also find the Temple of Hephaestus, which was remarkably well-preserved compared to other Greek temples.
The Stoa, another good site nearby, houses the Museum of Ancient Agora, which is home to Athenian, Byzantine, and Turkish artifacts.

The ancient Agora of Athens is the best-known example of an ancient Greek agora. Agora is a gathering place for citizens to discuss state affairs, marriages and partake in religious rituals. Over the years, the citizens started using the Agora to sell goods, food, pottery, and religious artifacts.
Next to the Athenian Agora, you’ll also find the Temple of Hephaestus, which was remarkably well-preserved compared to other Greek temples. This temple was built by The Hephaisteion Master under the aegis of Pericles between 449 to 415 BC to honor Hephaestus, the god of craftsmanship, fire, and metalwork.
The Stoa, another good site nearby, houses the Museum of Ancient Agora, which is home to Athenian, Byzantine, and Turkish artifacts.

The ancient Agora of Athens is the best-known example of an ancient Greek agora, located to the northwest of the Acropolis and bounded on the south by the hill of the Areopagus and on the west by the hill known as the Agoraios Kolonos, also called Market Hill.

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.

Country

Greece

Approx. Duration

1-2 Hours Tour

Accessibility Level

Accessibility Level – High

Min. Price

From: 8 Euros

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General Info

Address

Temple of Hephaestus, Athens, Greece

Estimated Duration

1 – 2 hours

Spoken Languages

Greek (formal), English

Electricity

230V, 50Hz

Local Currency

Euro

Recommended Age Groups

Teens, Adults, Seniors

Price

8 Euros

Reasons to visit Ancient Agora & Temple Of Hephaestus

All visitors can enjoy free admission days on the following days:

  • March 6 – Memory of Melina Mercouri
  • April 18 – International Monuments Day
  • The last weekend of September – European Heritage Days
  • October 28 – National Day
  • Every first Sunday from March 1st to March 31st.

In addition, the following persons can get in for free at any time:

  • Escorting teachers during educational visits of schools and institutions of primary, secondary and tertiary education and of military schools
  • Owners of Free Pass
  • Holders of a valid unemployment card
  • Journalists
  • Members of Societies and Associations of Freinds to Museums and Archeological Sites
  • Members of ICOM-ICOMOS
  • Official guests of the Greek state
  • Parents of multi-child families and their children up to the age of 23 (up to the age of 25 if they are doing their military service or studying) and regardless of age if they have disabilities
  • Persons with disabilities (67 % or over) and one escort
  • Single-parent families with minors (divorced parents – only the parent holding custody of the children)
  • University students
  • The employees of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Archaeological Receipts Fund, upon presentation of their service ID card
  • Young people, up to the age of 18
  • Tourist guides upon presentation of their professional ID card.


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Athens summers are scorching, with average daily highs around 95 F (35 C) and lows of 76 F (25 C).

During the summer months of July and August, many local business owners flee to coastal towns, so many local businesses aren’t open.


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