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The Agora was the beating heart of old Athens – the ‘meeting place’ of all commercial and social activity. This is where Socrates philosophised, where democracy was invented in the latrines and where, 2,000 years ago, the world’s first shopping centre was built. Walk among the ruins of the fascinating history of the Agora of Athens.
The residents of Athens gathered on the Agora’s main square not only to trade but also for democratic elections, theatre performances, sports competitions, military parades and religious events. The square was decorated with sculptures, monuments and fountains and surrounded by the city’s civic buildings: the parliament and senate, the court, the mint, temples and the church where Apostle Paul preached the gospel.
“The colonnade of 20 by 115 metres served as a market hall”