The amazing Agora is the marketplace of ancient Greece. This market has been closed for centuries, but it is opened for tourists to walk the ancient streets where Socrates and Plato used to walk, and see remnants of the ancient stoas, buildings and statues. Agora literally means gathering place.
Also know as Athens’ Dimotiki Agora, this marketplace is situated below the Acropolis. The Agora’s initial use was as a commercial, assembly, or residential gathering place.
The Agora was laid out in the centre of the old city as a public space in the 6th Century BC. The Agora was the centre of political and public life in the city of Athens. It was a large open area surrounded by buildings of various functions. It was the seat of administrative officials and the judiciary, a religious centre, a place for commercial transactions, cultural events, and athletic contests.
It is amazing to see how this place could have looked at that time, and how the Greek people lived in ancient times. The are a lot of ruins, and a very well preserved building.
The Odeon of Agrippa was a large concert hall located in the centre of the ancient Agora . It was built about 15 BCE, occupying what had previously been open space in the centre of the Agora. It was a gift to the people of Athens by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, a Roman statesman and general.
There is also an amazing, well-arranged museum in the site of the Agora, with important information, art and craft exhibits that will give you an idea of how important this place was in the past.
I definitely recommend this place for a visit. There is something unique about its atmosphere. If you like Greek mythology, do not look any further – this is the place to be!