Stoa of Attalos

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Stoa of Attalos
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These ancient ruins were restored in the early 20th century and now house a collection of ancient Greek sculpture.
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Neighborhood: Monastiraki
Monastiraki is a souvenir-hunting enclave with a difference. Apart from the dramatic backdrop of the Acropolis, its network of alleys and pedestrianized streets surround the remains of both the Greek and Roman agoras, adding the quaint concept that this is where the ancients also came to shop. Named after the tiny monastery church at its center, Monastiraki Square is a lively spot by day or night, with street peddlers vying for your attention to sell you nuts and sweets. Down beside the metro station, the official Flea Market is an unbroken row of souvenir shops until you come to antique-oriented Platia Avissinias, while Pandrossou Street on the other side of the square offers more tourist shopping. The pedestrianized street beside the Greek Agora is lined with cafés offering fine views.
How to get there
  • Monastiraki • 2 min walk
  • Thissio • 4 min walk
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MargotPrist
Brussels, Belgium23 contributions
This stoa is a reconstruction of an ancient stoa of the classical period.
It illustrates what a stoa really looked like and gives you an idea of how the citizens of Athens lived in ancient society. It really bring your imagination to life.
This is the only reconstructed stoa of the ancient agora. There are remains of other stoa's but they haven't been reconstructed to the Stoa of Attalos really gives you a great idea on how those other stoa's would have looked.
Written January 9, 2022
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permia
Ireland37,803 contributions
While ancient ruins and artefacts are an Athens keynote, it was marvellous to see such a beautiful and faithful restoration splendidly reflecting the grandeur of the past.

A gift to the city by Attalos II ruler of Pergamon for his excellent education courtesy of an Athenian it dates from around the middle of the 2nd century BCE.

A fabulous colonnade is a highlight, with relatively unadorned Doric columns on the exterior, whilst the inner array has the Ionic style.

With the purpose of reconstruction being as home to a museum of the Agora, from its dedication in 1956 it superbly fulfils the role.
Written December 23, 2020
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TravelQueenie365
Singapore, Singapore704 contributions
Couples
Stoa of Attalos belongs to one of the sites in the Acropolis. The entrance ticket for Stoa of Attalos is included in the Acropolis admission ticket therefore you have to walk past the Acropolis main entrance to get to the top where the ticket office is. Apparently you cannot buy your ticket online.

Tip 1: Entrance ticket is 12 euro that includes a few different spots, Parthenon, Athena temple, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Agora and etc. and you can use the pass for 4 days and entering each site only once.

Tip 2: It is very difficult to find the entrance to the Acropolis. You have to pass the Acropolis Museum (separate ticket) and then walk towards the long stretch of road up the hill.

Tip 3: We were there during the start of April and the sun was quite strong. I suggest you put some sunscreen on. Also we realised that there wasn't a lot of tips on the internet advising the visitors what to prepare before visiting the Acropolis. The most important thing is wear a good pair of walking shoes! The rocks on the ruins are very slippery even on a hot day. Some were marbled rocks and some were sharp rocks, we even witnessed somebody tripping and falling over the rocks! So please take care of yourself by wearing a good pair of walking shoes. Bring a hat too if you want to keep away from the sun!

Tip 4: Drink lots of water as well because you will be up in the hill for a while before you go back down to the bottom. There are some free water machines at the Agora and a toilet in the Agora museum.

Tip 5: This is the best tip i gonne give you, if you want to know about the history of the Acropolis but don't really want to pay for the audio guide, then download rick steve's acropolis and agora audio guide on your mp3 player or smartphone. Remember to bring your earphones! I forgot to bring it and ended up buying a pair of earphones for 7.50euros at the Plaka market!

Tip 6: Give yourself at least a day for the Acropolis sites, they are amazing and filled with loads of historical insights and interesting stories. Leave the Agora as your last stop because the exit of the Agora will lead you to a stretch of beautiful street shops and yummy greek eateries. Sit down and have a nice cold beer that cost only 1.50 euros and grab a good old Gyros for only 1.40 euros for take-away (or 2.40 euros for sitting down)

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Written April 17, 2013
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OnceInALongWhile
India31 contributions
Solo
This site is within the Agora. There are other sights in the Agora that seemed to be of greater significance.
My strong recommendation is to read up well about the Agora in advance of your visit, so you understand what to make of all the different sights (there are atleast 10 of significance) within this area.
Written May 11, 2012
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1TraveltheWorld
Alice Springs, Australia12,158 contributions
Couples
The Stoa of Attalos is located within the Agora of Athens and is only a small part of the historical wonder within this vicinity.

It was built by King Attalos II of Pergamon, who ruled between 159 BC and 138 BC for which it is named after.

The actual building was reconstructed during the 1950’s, which now encompasses the Museum of Ancient Agora and many fine pieces of archaeological significance.

Some of the best aerial type views for photography, can be attained from the Acropolis.
Written September 22, 2016
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JamesII
Toronto, Canada3,437 contributions
Family
This impressively restored Stoa is the scene of the commencement of a very influential school of philosophical thought. In the heart of the political and social life of ancient Athens - the Agora - lies many places that were important in shaping future Western thought. the Stoa of Attalos also houses an impressive museum and offers shade and a cool breeze to visitors on a hot, sunny day.
Written October 25, 2014
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KONSTANTINOS M
ATHENS837 contributions
Solo
Stoa of Attalos is included in Ancient Agora site and you don't have to pay any additional fee other than the 4 euros for general Agora, or the global 12 euros entry to Acropolis - Agora. The actual structure was built during the 2nd century BC financed by Pergamon king Attalos the 2nd, thus the name Stoa of Attalos. The length of the Stoa is 116m while the columns of the ground floor are of Doric style and the columns of first floor of Ionian style. The building was totally restorated-reproduced during the decade of 1950s by the American Archaeological School. In its time the Stoa was a trading place with lots of shops. The reproduced building is today a Museum to house and contain all Agora excavation findings. You can see tokens of Archaic, Classical and Roman times in this Museum.
The findings are presented in a time series with the best available way.
It is very important to focus on the exhibits related with the Democratic Institutions upon which the city-state performed at its times.
Written April 28, 2013
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NNSSEIL
Tel Aviv, Israel67 contributions
We visited Athens at the end of July 2011. One of the main Historical Attractions is Ancient Agora and The Agora Museum in Stoa of Attalos. We used the combined ticket for Acropolis and other attractions (12 Euro).
Stoa of Attalos was built 138 B. C. The building is very big two floors and many columns. It was a social and commercial center in Ancient Athens. In the museum there are many archeological findings. You can imagine daily life more than 2100 years ago and the birth of Athenian Democracy.
Stoa of Attalos is a must see attraction in Athens.
Written August 18, 2011
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I W
Barrow Upon Soar, UK192 contributions
Family
This is the highlight of the Ancient Agora. There's a fantastic museum on the ground floor with lots of artifacts and some good explanation.
Written November 15, 2020
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RHorea
Cluj-Napoca, Romania295 contributions
The entrance is 10 euro. You can visit the Stoa, who was reconstructed, The Temple of Hephaistos, in execllent condition, and an old Church.
Written October 7, 2020
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