The Stoa of Eumenes in Athens: Located on the southern slope of the Acropolis, facing the paved street of Dionysiou Areopagitou, Acropolis visitors can witness the lengthy structure of the Stoa of Eumenes! The imposing two-story building, donated to Athens by the King of Pergamos Eumenes the Second, stretches for about 163 meters and boasts a height of about 16 meters!
Built around 160 BC, it mainly functioned as a lobby for visitors of the Theater of Dionysus and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus! This impressive portico features a total of 64 Doric order exterior columns alongside an inner row of 32 archaic palm-capital order, also known as Pergamene. In addition, its top floor hosted two rows of sturdy columns, while a fountain was placed on the left-hand side of the structure.
On top of that, it is said that along the portico’s interior were a handful of stalls and stands offering snacks and drinks to all incoming spectators while protecting the masses from possible rainfall and the warm sun! However, most of the Stoa has been destroyed for about two millenniums, the reason of which is rumored to be the invasion and sack of Athens by the Heruli tribe in 267 AD.
In the year 1060, during the period of the Byzantine era, all buildings on the southern side of the Acropolis hill became a part of the monumental citadel, including the remaining parts of the Stoa of Eumenes! These ruins have carried out as such to this day, boasting its arch designs and the carved-out marble sign that depicts its name.
The photo is taken from www.culture.gov.gr.
How to get there
There are many ways to reach the Stoa of Eumenes from any location in Athens.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: (0030) 18288, (0030) 18222, (0030) 18180. You can also book your taxi online.
On foot: As the Stoa of Eumenes is located in a central area of Athens, it can be easily reached on foot from Syntagma Square in approximately 20 minutes.
By metro: The closest metro station is Akropoli (Red Line). Note that the Stoa of Eumenes is located within a 10-minute walking distance from the metro. Get a map of the metro here.
By bus/trolleybus: The closest bus stop is "Akropoli" (Bus line 230). Check the routes and the official timetables on OASA Telematics.
By tram: The closest tram stop is Leoforos Vouliagmenis (Route 6, Syntagma-Pikrodafni). Get a map of the tram here.