Athens Ancient Agora and Temple of Hepheastus.

 
 



Panoramic photos of ancient agora (Archea Agora in greek) and the temple of Hephaestus.

Ancient agora is the area of the city of the ancient Athens. It thrived from the neolithic period until the end of the roman period. It suffered many damages by the Persians the Herulae german tribes and Slavic invasions.

The first archeological works began after the liberation of Athens from Ottomans in 1859. The first serious excavation were made in 1896 by the german archaeological institute.

The construction of the urban railway of Athens-Piraeus  revealed many archaeological findings.

The 1931 was a crucial year for the area.  John D. Rockefeller, Jr donated for the excavations and the demolition of the traditional district Vrisaki above ancient agora. The area of excavations was 24 acres and more than 400 houses had to be demolished.


Except the temple of Hephaestus and the Tritons and Giants of the Odeion of Agrippa nothing else is obvious from the ruins. The Stoa of Atallos was reconstructed in 1956 in order to host the archaeological findings of the excavations. The church of the Holy Apostles further upwards was completely restored  by the americans in 1956.


The most important findings are in the national archaeological museum of Athens and in the museum of the Stoa of Attalos.

The temple of Hephaestus is the most well preserved monument of Attica region. Inside it soon after the greek war of independence the bavarian prince Otto was crowned the king of Greece.


 


The  west entrance of the Archea Agora. I strongly suggest to prefer that entrance. It is near the Apostolou Pavlou street in Thiseio. You’ll avoid the climb to the Temple of Hephaestus. A downward pathway at left of the temple will lead you to the southern upper side of Archea Agora.
The temple of Hephaestus.


A view of the Acropolis from the west part of Archea Agora.
Bouleuterion site.
 


The arcade of the Stoa of Attalos. Many times it is used for cultural or political events by the greek authorities.
Inside the museum of the Stoa of Attalos. Rather narrow I’d say.
Tritons and giants  of the Odeon of Agrippa .
 





Impressive sculptures of the ruins of the odeon of Agrippa.
 

Use the mouse or your finger to watch a 360 degrees view of  the west entrance of Ancient Agora.  View Panorama in larger size.

Use the mouse or your finger to watch a 360 degrees view of the temple of Hephaestus.  View Panorama in larger size.

View the map in larger size. The position in Athens of Ancient Agora.

Use the mouse or your finger to watch a 360 degrees view of the temple of Hephaestus.  View Panorama in larger size.

Use the mouse or your finger to watch a 360 degrees view of west side of Ancient Agora.  View Panorama in larger size.

Use the mouse or your finger to watch a 360 degrees view of north side of Ancient Agora.  View Panorama in larger size.

Use the mouse or your finger to watch a 360 degrees view of Agioi Apostoloi church.  View Panorama in larger size.

Use the mouse or your finger to watch a 360 degrees view of the south entrance of Ancient Agora.  View Panorama in larger size.

Use the mouse or your finger to watch a 360 degrees view of the Stoa of Atallos.  View Panorama in larger size.

Use the mouse or your finger to view a 360 degrees view of the Giants sculptures.  View Panorama in larger size.

Use the mouse or your finger to watch a 360 degrees view of the museum of Ancient Agora.  View Panorama in larger size.

Use the mouse or your finger to watch a 360 degrees view of Bouleuterion in Ancient Agora.  View Panorama in larger size.

Use the mouse or your finger to watch a 360 degrees view of upper part of Ancient Agora and the pathway to Areios Pagos.  View Panorama in larger size.

Use the mouse or your finger to watch a 360 degrees view of north main entrance of Ancient Agora.  View Panorama in larger size.