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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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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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  • Part of the 30 euros, 7 sites deal. Visiting with a guide is recommended if not you should do your own research in order to understand this site. The main piece is Tower of Winds which is almost intac...  more »
  • The tower of the winds is the star here, but the agora is still worth a look. We went with a guide and he made it all come alive. I cannot imagine being that impressed if we were just walking around w...  more »
  • Most people prefer the Ancient Agora, and its understandable since there is much more to see and explore. However, the Roman Agora is right around the corner and has a few things to recommend it. The ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Worth visiting. Take the walk, if possible, from the old town up to acropolis and you will pass that great site