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Stoa of Attalus 2
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View looking north at the Stoa of Attalus.

View from the acropolis looking north and down into the area of the west agora.  The prominent, red–roofed, building on the right (west) side of the image is the reconstructed stoa of Attalus. 

Attalus II (a ruler from PERGAMUM [in Asia!] 159–138 B.C.) built this stoa and it actually divides the “agora” area north of the acropolis into two sections. 

To the right (east) of the stoa are the remains (not visible in this image) of the — more recent, but still ancient — Roman forum.  In Paul’s day the Roman forum was the commercial center, while the older Greek agora was given over to monuments and temples.

The reconstructed Stoa of Attalus was dedicated in 1956 and the lower floor houses a wonderful museum, while the upper floor serves as the headquarters for the American School of Archaeology in Athens — the organization that has been excavating the agora since the 1930’s.

The Greek Orthodox Church just below (south of) the Stoa of Attalus (on the right side of the image) is the Church of the Holy Apostles that was built circa A.D. 1020.  It has been restored to its original form.

For a brief description of the agora Click Here.

For a brief description of Athens and a map Click Here.