The Roman Forum and Tower of the Winds - Athens
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Directions to The Roman Forum and Tower of the Winds
The Roman Forum was founded by Julius Caeser in 51 BC. It substituted the Agora to become the replacement marketplace in the first century AD, making it the commercial and administrative centre for Athens until as late as the 19th century. It became the site of triumphal processions and elections, public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches long after the fall of the Roman Empire.
Although the Roman Forum is far smaller today than it once had been in its heyday, the ancient site is steeped in history and proves a highly impressive visit. Don't miss the main ruins, the gate entrance and the Tower of the Wind - an octagonal tower that sits inside the Forum and was built by Syrian astronomer Andronikos Kyrrhestas in 50 BC. It is a depiction of the eight winds on each of its sides, and inside it houses a water clock that was originally powered by a stream from the Acropolis.
Full: €2, Reduced: €1
or included in the Full Acropolis Ticket: €12
Summer Period (April - October): 8am - 8pm
Winter Period (November - March): 8.30am - 3pm
Free admission days:
6th March, in memory of Melina Mercouri
18th April, International Monuments Day
18th May, International Museums Day
5th June, International Environment Day
The last weekend of September annually, European Heritage Days
Sundays in the period between 1st November and 31st March
The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September
27th September, International Tourism Day
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