Agora and Other Archeological Sites, Athens

The various archeological sites in Athens have ruins; some are just scattered stones which roughly etched the shapes of the foundations of old buildings and rooms. The Agora as it was known was one of the most important part of the ancient city of Athens. If you are here with a blank mind it can be quite confusing and frustrating. And if you are not with any guided tours it is best you read up about the place so that you can understand and correlate the sites and sights.

I had referred to some books. There are plenty of informative boards that describe the place. One has to use a lot of imagination. For me the very act of stepping on sites of ‘150BC and beyond’ made me ancient! My school history textbook characters Aristotle, Socrates, Plato more seem to come to life, walking around this same site discussing philosophy, science, medicine. What I could and how far I could stretch my imagination seemed to make more meaning than what I could actually see!

The Agora of Athens was teeming with life in the BCs! A tour through the museum in Agora gives a good idea of their clothes, footwear, and head gears worn by them then. Ancient Agora, this is the same place where Socrates taught. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine and its Hippocratic Oath, and Pythagoras, a mathematician who developed the geometric theory of a triangle’s sides, were both highly public figures who taught and shared ideas in their own hometown agoras.

You can read more here if you are interested in Socrates. The Agora.

Roman Agora is very close within walking distance from Greek Agora. This was built by funds provided by Julius Caesar and Augustus in 1st century BC. There is a huge gate at the entrance, the Gate of Athena Archegetis. The huge space inside the enclosure has ruins and several columns still standing tall and strong. I have this strange weakness for these columns and have taken plenty of pictures of them against the blue sky and selfies with column in the background. The Tower of Winds was shut to tourists that day.


The Library of Hadrian is very close to Roman Agora and it is possible to cover both these sites in an hour. The Library of Hadrian provided the people of Athens with a new, multi-purpose, public square and cultural center that contained a garden, works of art, a library, and lecture halls. Just imagine how advanced they were then! This complex too has a huge open area inside; earlier plans reveal a central pool and garden, surrounded by columns made from marble.


Kerameikos, in the northwest of Acropolis in fact the farthest has the cemetery and the “demosion sema” (public burial monument) where Perikles delivered his funeral oration in 431 B.C. (It is close to the metro station.) There is a good museum here with excellent display. This complex is huge and it can easily take 2 hours to cover the ground and the museum, better time yourself if you wish to visit this place.


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25 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    just amazing – yes, and ancient!!

  2. Haddock says:

    Its a wonder that those massive pillars are still standing.
    Like you said, the very act of stepping on these sites makes you feel that you are "there"

  3. Sylvia K says:

    Thank you as always for the memories!! I do love Greece and these incredible sites!! The best trip I've ever had — the real one and the trips through your photos!!

  4. It's amazing to me that the Agora still exits, that nothing newer has been built over it.

  5. DeniseinVA says:

    It's amazing that something so ancient can still exist, much to our great joy. Your photos are wonderful and the tour so interesting. Thank you Indrani.

  6. Amazing & astounding images that transport you back into history.

  7. Amy Franks says:

    I just love reading about history. I have a cousin that lives in thessaloniki, can't wait to visit there one day.

  8. Jim says:

    Brilliant photos.

  9. ladyfi says:

    Blue skies and fabulous old historical buildings – it doesn't get much better than this!

  10. Aditi says:

    Beautiful even in the ruins! Lovely shots!

  11. Jeevan says:

    Brilliant capture with the ancient monuments! Great exposure and light in the images… Well preserved sites at their natural states.

  12. Reminds me of the movie "my life in ruins". Beutiful 🙂

  13. eileeninmd says:

    Hello Indrani, lovely tour and images.. I would love to explore this place! Have a happy weekend!

  14. DIMI says:

    Hello Indrani !!!
    Gorgeous pictures of this historical place!Amazing captures indeed!!Thank you for sharing!
    Have a great weekend!

  15. Excellent.. Thanks ..You saved me a good amount of money.. Sitting at the comfort of my desk, I could travel and see all these gorgeous structures..!

  16. Swapna says:

    Have always been fascinated by Greece and its culture. Its majestic yet so poetic. Lovely pictures!

  17. Thank you Indrani for taking us to Greece virtually .

  18. Wow! That's quite interesting to know about Agoras… Wonderful photographs!

  19. Mridula says:

    Amazing, I too get so awe struck when I read BC and think of the time …

  20. Wow!!! Ancient and mysterious pictures…:)

  21. Excellent photos with detailed description.

  22. Beautiful photography.

  23. Excellent and Excellent and Excellent !! I have a request to you, Please upload more photos

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