Temple of the Olympian Zeus

The Temple of the Olympian Zeus, located on the southeastern side of the Acropolis, is the largest ancient temple in Greece, whose construction began in the early 6th century BC and finally completed 700 years later, by the Roman Emperor Hadrian. The temple was dedicated to Zeus, having a length 96 meters at the ends […]

The Temple of Hephaestus

On top of Agoraios Kolonos hill, which is delimiting the Ancient Agora of Athens to the west, stands the temple of Hephaestus, broadly known as Thisio. It is one of the best preserved ancient temples, partly because it was transformed into a Christian church. According to the traveler and geographer Pausanias (1, 14, 5-6), two […]

The Stoa of Attalos

The Stoa on the east side of the Ancient Agora, was gift of Attalos II, King of Pergamon, as a fragmentary inscription on the epistyle of its lower colonnade shows: «King Attalos, son of Attalos and of Queen Apollonis». The building is 120 m wide and 20 m deep and had two floors with a […]

The Ancient Agora of Athens

The Agora was the heart of ancient Athens, the focus of political, commercial, administrative and social activity, the religious and cultural centre, and the seat of justice. The Ancient Agora of Athens is a flat area defined by the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis, the hill of Areopagus in the south and the hill of […]

The Herod Atticus Odeon

The famous Herod Atticus Odeon dominates the western end on the south hillside of the Acropolis. It was the third Odeon constructed in ancient Athens after the Pericles Odeon on the south slope (fifth century) and the Agrippa’s Odeon in the ancient Agora (15 BC). The construction of the monument during the second century AD […]

Dionysus Theatre

The Theatre of Dionysus is regarded as the first sample of Greek theatres and the birthplace of Greek drama. It was built into a natural hallow at the southern hillside of the Acropolis and it is the first theater in the world. This ancient theater was dedicated to Dionysus, the god of wine and ecstasy, […]