Athens: 10 Things to Do

1. The Ancient Agora

A tourist is seen in silhouette, walking near the restored 2nd century B.C. Stoa of Attalos, in the ancient Agora of Athens, Greece Petros Karadjias / AP
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Of all Athens' ruins, the famed marketplace of Agora makes the most fitting start to your sightseeing — it stands testament to Athens' status as a cradle of Western civilization. It was, in Socrates and Plato's day, the heart of public life, and among the site's extensive excavations you'll find temples, a concert hall and long, colonnaded arcades. Smaller finds, housed in the museum, tel: (30-210) 321 0185, are no less fascinating — settlement here spans five millenniums. Entry ($18) covers two days' admission to Acropolis hill sites.

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