The ancient Agora of Athens, situated to the northwest of the Acropolis and bounded by the Areopagus hill to the south and Agoraios Kolonos to the west, is a well-known gathering place in ancient Greece. This site was primarily used for citizens to discuss state affairs and marriages, and participate in religious rituals. Over the years, it became a hub for selling goods, food, pottery, and religious artifacts. In close proximity to the Agora, you will find the Temple of Hephaestus, a well-preserved Greek temple 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. Another nearby attraction is the Stoa, which houses the Museum of Ancient Agora, home to Athenian, Byzantine, and Turkish artifacts. These ruins, located in the heart of modern Athens, were a political, cultural, and economic center of the ancient world.
1 – 2 hours
Accessibility Level – High
From: 8 Euros
Temple of Hephaestus, Athens, Greece
Greek (formal), English
Teens, Adults, Seniors
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
- 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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