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Roman Agora, Athens

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The Roman Agora at Athens is located to the north of the Acropolis and to the east of the Ancient Agora.Succession to original agoraThe original Agora was encroached upon and obstructed by a series of Roman buildings, beginning with the imperial family's gift to the Athenians of a large odeion . The Odeon of Agrippa was built by him in around 15 BC, and measured 51.4 by 43.2 metres, rose several stories in height, and – being sited just north of the Middle Stoa – obstructed the old agora. In return for the odeion, the Athenians built a statue to Agrippa at the site of the previous agora; they based it on a plinth recycled from an earlier statue by covering the old inscription with a new one.Buildings and structuresTower of the WindsGate of Athena ArchegetisEast PropylonFethiye MosqueAgoranomionVespasianae (Latrinae) North of the odeion was a new temple to Ares, which completed the repurposing of the old agora. The functions of the old agora were transferred to the Roman Agora, which was built around 100 metres east of the original agora. The Roman Agora has not today been fully excavated, but is known to have been a peristyle open space. To its south was a fountain. To its east, behind a marble colonnade, were shops and an Ionic propylaeum (entrance). To its west was a Doric propylaeum.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Roman Agora was built in the first century BC as gifts of Julius Caesar and Augustus to house the business activities of Athens. The Agora is surrounded by the imposing Gate of Athena Archegetis, while the Kyrrestos Watch (water clock), an octagonal building, with figures on each of the 8 sides, which showed 4 cardinal points and 4 side points. (the 8 winds) is at your side. The Tower of the eight winds is the highlight of this archaeological site. It's all original and preserved.
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  • August 16, 2017
    The entrance was included in the combo, but I do not recommend this visit (unless you are experts on Greek remains) if other things to do are, or if you are going to pay the entry individually. You can see from the outside and saved the Tower of the winds, are foundations and remains of columns with little information. Nothing to do with the ancient Agora, is highly recommended.
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  • August 14, 2017
    You will journey through the area at the time. Is your mind. No matter what, go and see. in the center of the city, and shedding light on the history of the area.
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  • June 12, 2017
    The Roman Agora has an impressive number of columns and an interesting tower. The site had several boards explaining how it once looked. The rear (north west) corner has disabled access through which we exited with our wheel chair, the main entrance to the west indicated wheel chair access through a locked gate. This site is worth visiting.
  • April 4, 2017
    Decent enough. I had the combo pass and am happy that I went. It wouldn't have been worth it by itself though. There isn't a ton to see that you can't see outside the gates. That being said, you might be able to spot some of the local cats lounging in the stones and a stray tortoise or two.
  • June 17, 2017
    Excellent. Not as well preserved as the roman forums but is on a similar scale. Felt a bit like walking through an ancient park. Impressively well preserved temple on site
  • May 17, 2017
    Central public space built in Athens around 11 - 19 BC. Existing structures include the Gate of Athena Archegetis and the Tower of the Winds. You will also find ancient columns and ruins. Worth taking a look.
  • May 5, 2017
    Worth visiting. Take the walk, if possible, from the old town up to acropolis and you will pass that great site

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