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:
- Julius Caesar
- 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.