Monday, April 2, 2012

The Stoa, Ancient Agora - Athens

The Stoa, located on the east side of the Ancient Agora in Athens, was the gift of Attalos II, King of Pergamon. It is a prominent building easily seen by passengers on the train, which passes right next to it. 

The Stoa of Attalos was a place for Athenians to meet, walk and to conduct business. The building was unfortunately destroyed in 267 A.D, whilst its ruins were incorporated into the Late Roman Fortification Wall.

The restoration process, based on studies by architect John Travlos, was carried out in 1953-56 by the American School of Classical Studies, with the financial support of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 

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