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“Beautifully restored” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Stoa of Attalos

Stoa of Attalos
Market, Athens, Greece
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Ranked #45 of 301 things to do in Athens
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: These ancient ruins were restored in the early 20th century and now house a collection of ancient Greek sculpture.
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“Beautifully restored”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

The Stoa of Attalos, although a reproduction gives you an idea how grand and glorious the ancient agora and the Roman agora must have been in ancient times. The museum housed in the Stoa is very well organized and provides a great reference for understanding the development of culture in the ancient world. You can begin your climb to the Acropolis nearby and avoid having to leave through the Monastiraki.

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“Stoa of Attalos, Ancient Agora, Athens, GR”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Wonderfully reconstructed stoa which serves as the museum for the Agora. The American School of Archeology is responsible for the rehabilitation of the site, I am proud to say. A MUST for photographers.

Visited November 2012
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“Brings life to life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

This fabulously reconstructed building in the ancient agora, or market place, of Athens will take your breath away. It gives you a real sense of the scale and beauty of an ancient Athenian stoa – a covered walkway with, in this case, an upper floor and shops on the ground floor. It's rather like a modern shopping mall but much more beautiful. Where shops would have been there is now a charming small museum with artefacts from the area of the agora. These range from grave goods that pre-date the agora to items illustrating Athenian democracy, such as the Athenians' method of choosing magistrates and their system of getting rid of unpopular politicians by means of "ostraka" - hence "ostracism". Those old Greeks knew a thing or two!

Visited January 2013
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“Not as ancient anymore, but still worth seeing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

The Stoa is practically rebuilt to what it once may have been. It feels more like a museum with statues and other pieces of random history. There's a small shop selling information guides and bathrooms on the North end on the main floor. Still worth seeing as it is inside the Agora.

Visited December 2012
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“Stoa of Attolas helped us see the sense of grandeur and built density of the Agora”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

The Anciaent Agora and Stoa of Attolas are part of the Akropolis admission and both worthy of a visit. Take a cold drink break after the Akropolis and visit the Agora and Stoa too. The Stoa's great length, 2 high storeys, grand columns and tiled roof rebuilt here (years ago by the Rockefeller Foundation), really helped our family comprehend the feel of the ancient city's centre and the Agora was Athens's centre. The challenge of crumbled ruins- especially for modern teens- is understandig the density and 3-dimensionality of the ancient spaces. At the Stoa of Attolas we all 'got it!' and the small Agora exhibit in the Stoa is well interpreted- we saw how incredibly wise and forward thinking about governance the ancient Greeks were. The hilltop temples are one part of the story; important to walk these spaces as well!

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