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Ancient Agora

Visit the Ancient Agora of Athen for FREE with the Athen City Pass.

Ruins on the ancient market place Agora Temple of Hephaestus Temple of Hephaestus in the evening

The Athenian Agora was the centre of political, commercial and social activity in ancient Athens since the 6th century BC until its destruction from a Slavic invasion in 580 AD.

Opening Hours of the Ancient Agora

April - October:
8:00 to 20:00 

November - March.
8:30 to 17:00

The Ancient Agora is open daily. 

Admission fee for the Ancient Agora

The tariff Child / Teen 6-17 years from EU member-states have generally free admission. A free ticket is available at the cash desks. Please note that there may be queues. Please show ID.
The tariff Child / Teen 6-17 years from non-EU member-states: 30 € already charged, Acropolis Combined Ticket is included in your Athens City Pass (attached in e-mail).

Ticket for the Ancient Agora

By ordering the Athens City Pass all-inclusive, you have free access to the Ancient Agora. You will receive your ticket enclosed in the Athens City Pass package via E-mail. Keep in mind that you cannot skip the lines at the security check points, only at the ticket counters.

Address of the Ancient Agora

Adrianou 24
Athens 10555

+30 2103210185 

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The Ancient Agora is located under the Acropolis in the historical centre of Athens. Adrianou Street where its main entrance is located, is a lively road filled with stores, cafes and restaurants in the famous traditional neighborhood of Plaka. A smaller entrance is to be found at Thisseion Square, another meeting point for locals and tourists alike. We suggest you combine your visit to the Ancient Agora with a walk to the lively Monastiraki and Thisseion areas.

Directions Ancient Agora

Metro line 1 to Thisseion or Monastiraki
Metro line 3 to Monastiraki 
Bus lines 025, 026 or 027 to Monastiraki 

The Ancient Agora is just a short walk from Thisseion or Monastiraki metro stations. The area is a favourite place for locals to spend their afternoon or Sunday morning. There are many shops, restaurants and bars in the vicinity which make them attractive destinations for a day in the city. 

Note: Greek buses do not have an announcement board for the stops. We advise you to ask the driver to notify you when approaching your stop. 

Highlights of the Ancient Agora

Special conditions of use

The site is closed on the following days: Jan. 1st, Mar. 25th, May 1st, Easter Sunday (Greek Easter), Dec. 25th/26th. 

Special opening times: Jan. 6th 08:00AM–03:00PM, Shrove Monday 08:00AM–03:00PM, Good Friday (Greek Easter) 12:00PM–05:00PM, Holy Saturday (Greek Easter) 08:00AM–03:00PM, Pentecost: 08:00AM–03:00PM, Aug. 15th 08:00AM–03:00PM, Oct. 28th 08:00AM–03:00PM. 

Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time. 

Nearby the Ancient Agora

The surrounding area is ideal for sightseeing since it was the centre of ancient Athens. The most important attractions are the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum. Within short walking distance from the Ancient Agora you will find the Roman Agora and Hadrian's Library. A multitude of stores, cafes and restaurants are always within reach. You can visit all of the above with the Athens City Pass all-inclusive. 

History of the Ancient Agora

The site of the Ancient Agora has been inhabited since the Late Neolithic period without interruption. In the early 6th century the Agora became a public area and the first public buildings were then built. After the destruction of the Agora from the Persians in 480/479 BC intense reconstruction took place which continued into the 4th century BC, the Golden Age of Pericles. To this time belong the Tholos, Stoa Poikile, the New Voulefteirion, the Mint and many more. The Agora prospered again in Roman times with the addition of the Odeon and the Temple of Ares. The Slav invasion in the 6th century AD resulted to the abandonment of the area. 

The Athens City Pass all-inclusive entitles you to free access to the Ancient Agora with priority entrance. Simply, buy it online. 

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