Roman AgoraCurrently Open [Closes at 02:30 pm]
- Address: Roman Agora of Athens, Pelopidas and Adrianou, Athens, Greece
- Timings: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: 30-2103245220
- Ticket Price: 2 EUR
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
The Roman Agora to the North of the Acropolis is an interesting place to visit in Athens. The building has a spacious courtyard with ionic columns which were typical of that era. For a while, this place served as the main market of Caesar and Augustus. To validate this there is an inscription (IG II2 3174) on the architrave of the monumental Gate of Athena Archegetis ("Athena the Leader")which tells us that Julius Caesar and Augustus provided the funds for its construction in the 1st century B.C. Although partly in ruins, much of the structures can still be seen here.
Another interesting place to see in the Roman Agora area is the tower of winds. Its octagonal shape and charming architecture is worth noting. Interestingly, it was designed to serve as both a clock as well as a sundial.
Even though there are many ancient structures in Athens, this should certainly make it to any Athenian itinerary. Not only is it from a different era, the unique styles specific to the period are quite rare to see. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Athens itinerary 7 days.
- This place often gets confused with the ancient agora. They are two different places which are equally interesting from the historical point of view so do not miss out on them.
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25.49% of people who visit Athens include Roman Agora in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
37.37% of people start their Roman Agora visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Roman Agora
91.01% of people prefer walking in order to reach Roman Agora
The leftovers of what was once a bustling market place and venue for human interaction, cool to see how people lived in ancient times. However as an attraction it severely lacks information and explanation, had to do some research myself to understand it better. Also some of the site's structures are very poorly conserved/restored, perhaps still a work in progress.
Smaller venue as far as the ruins around the acropolis but has some of the more intact ruins with a weather tower and a byzantine church. Easy to fit into the mix when doing the 5 day 60€ pass. But if you are being cheap you can see most of it from the surrounding roads if you dont feel like paying.
A beautiful and calm site in the old town, dominated by the Greek Tower of the Winds. The site should be renamed to underline the significance of that complicated technological marvel. The site even includes a mosque that hosts exhibitions.
We visited the Roman Agora as our first stop after travelling in the afternoon. It was a great start with not a lot of time given that on the multi-site pass you can only do each site once. We had a little over an hour which was plenty. The site is small but the exhibit is nice and visiting at sunset is beautiful. Very informative and a nice time.
We started our visit of Athens here and it was pleasant introduction to the acropolis. It had a nice little exhibition about the emperor Hadrian and was totally worth it. I am surprised it was empty when we walked in. The best is to buy your tickets here for all other sites, it will make you skip a lot of queening later on :)