Athens – Roman Agora

The Roman Agora was a delimited square surrounded by shops, storerooms and offices.  The Gate of Athena Archegetis marked the entrance to the market/business/commercial/trading area. When compared to other historical sites, you kind of wonder why you should stop here.

Well, I can give you 2 reasons:

  1. Julius Caesar
  2. The Tower

Yes, the Emperor Julius Caesar played a role here. He, with Augustus, financed part of the construction.

On the site, there is a distinctive octagonal marble tower decorated with frescos on each facade and once you realize the function of the tower, you realize how clever it is. It is not only a clock tower, it is actually considered the world’s first meteorological station. It’s a combination of sundials, a water clock, and a wind vane used to stand on top.

The frescos represent the direction of the wind.

We took the combo ticket that allowed us to visit this site along with others: Ancient Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Acropolis. If you already have your ticket… skip the line.

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