'Stoa' is the word for a covered walkway, and this one is a reconstructed version of an original built in the 2nd century BC in the Agora of Athens. It was a gift from the ruler of Pergamon, made in gratitude for his Athenian education and it shaded Athenians until it was destroyed about a hundred years later by a tribe from Denmark, the Heruli.
The ruins were incorporated in subsequent fortifications, and were finally restored accurately in the 1950s with funding from the Rockefeller family.
The Stoa now houses the Museum of the Ancient Agora, with its fabulous pottery collection.
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