Although Acropolis gets most of the limelight, no visit to Athens is complete without stepping into the often overlooked, but no less captivating Ancient Agora. It’s far less crowded and make for a more rewarding experience.
One of the most noticeable structure in Ancient Agora is the Stoa of Atallos, rebuilt in the 1950s for the purpose of storing the artifacts unearthed in the excavation site of Ancient Agora. Today, it is a museum housing some of the most important items from the excavation. For instance, the below is the famed Winged Victory: Akroterion from the Stoa of Zeus Eleutherios from the 400 BC.
I thoroughly enjoyed strolling through the museum to admire the magnum opuses of the yesteryears which must have decorated the walls and buildings of the ancient Greek civilization. I mean… look at those proud faces staring into your soul.
The details… ooh, the details.
The museum is quite huge, as you walk to the second floor, there are more intricate sculptures to be discovered. Endless marbles adorn the halfway with reliefs which reflect the People (Demos) of Athens back in the day. It makes you wonder how life was then… who these people were… how they’ve made difference in the society they lived in.
In this instance, a picture (or shall we say, a sculpture?) really speak a thousand words.
When it comes to historical sites, my favorite thing to do is to try and imagine myself in the shoes of these bygone people. And the Ancient Agora’s well-preserved artifacts really help to conjure strong and vivid imagery to allow us to travel back in time.
What are your favorite museums?