Although now mostly rubble, in Ancient times the Agora was the commercial and trading hub of the city. Starting off life as an open market packed full of businessmen peddling, and people purchasing all kinds of goods, from grains to gems. Over time, buildings, fountains and statues were erected, showcasing the magnificence and the might of this ancient metropolis. Through this significant development, the once bustling bazaar became a gathering place central to community life in Athens. It was the place for common folk to meet for fun, democratically elected politicians to debate and philosophers to share their wisdom. Aside from this, the Agora played a key role in the practice of religion. Processions celebrating Panathenaic festival would pass along its paths. Worshipers would flock to its many temples to pray to the gods. The amount of history here is amazing, however, much of what is known today may have remained buried for eternity. But thanks to extensive excavation in the 1930s, much of this piazza’s past was unravelled for us to appreciate. Thank god for that.