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Tours & Tickets:
• Athens Pass Combo Ticket (7 archaeological sites + Acropolis Museum.
• Daily Life in Ancient Athens (private tour of Kerameikos, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Monastiraki & Plaka neighborhoods)
Roman Agora Hours and Information
- Hours: Open daily. Summer (April to October) 8am – 8pm; last entrance to the site at 7:40pm. Winter (November to March) 8am – 5pm; last entrance to the site at 4:40pm. Closed 1 January, 25 March, 1 May, Orthodox Easter Sunday, 25 & 26 December.
- Website: odysseus.culture.gr
- Location: Polignotou 3
- Telephone: +30 210 324 5220
- Admission Fee: Summer (April to October) entrance fee: 8€. Winter (November to March) entrance fee: 4€. Reduced admission 4€. You can also purchase a 30€ combo ticket for this and 6 additional sites: Acropolis, Ancient Agora of Athens, Hadrian’s Library, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Kerameikos and Aristotle’s Lyceum. The combo ticket is valid for 5 days and offered year round. Tickets can be purchased on site or in advance online.
- Free Entry: 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri), 18 April (International Monuments Day), 18 May (International Museums Day), the last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days), 28 October, every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st.
- Parking: Street parking, nearby pay lots.
- Nearest Metro: Monastiraki.
The Roman Agora in Athens
- The Roman Agora (sometimes called the Roman Forum) is located in the Plaka neighborhood to the north of the Acropolis; the closest metro station is Monastiraki, about a 220 meter walk away.
- The Roman Agora is not to be confused with the older Ancient Agora of Classical Athens, which is situated about 100 meters away to the west.
- Built as the new commercial center of Athens in the 1st century BC, the Roman Agora was commissioned by Caesar Augustus, the first Roman emperor, and expanded in the 2nd century by the emperor Hadrian.
- There are 3 prominent structures at the Roman Agora:
The Gate of Athena Archegetis is located at the entrance to the site and was built in 11 BC by Roman emperors Julius Caesar and Augustus.
The Tower of the Winds (or Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes) was built by Adronicus of Cyrrhus, a Macedonian astronomer, in the 2nd century BC, and is practically still intact. It was used as a clock tower and to predict the weather, and is considered to be the first weather station ever built. Each side of the tower features a carved marble frieze depicting one of the eight Greek wind deities.
The Fetiye Mosque was built in the 17th century by the Ottomans and located on the northern side of the site. Nowadays it is still used for cultural exhibitions.
- During the Byzantine and Ottoman Eras, the area was covered with houses, workshops, churches and mosques. The Tower of the winds was used as a church in the 6th century.
- A triple arched building on the east side is unidentified at this time. The site has not been fully excavated and restoration projects are still in progress.