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"The Roman Forum" Athens Off The Beaten Path Tip by Paul2001

Athens Off The Beaten Path: 246 reviews and 355 photos

  Tower of the Winds beneath the Acropolis
by Paul2001

Not some so many people seem to realize that when the conquered Athens that the Romans built there own forum. There were hardly any other tourists there when I visited. This is a shame because I thought that it was one of the more pleasing attractions that I visited while in Athens. Then again this might have been because there where so few tourists there. It was very peaceful.
The Roman Forum itself was built by Julius Caesar and Augustus Octavian and was designed as an addition to the Greek Agora which sits nearby. I recommend that both sites should be visited together and can be done in one morning.
The most famous attraction in the Roman Forum is the Tower of the Winds which is pictured here in the foreground. The tower was built by a Syrian astronomer, Andromikos of Kyrrkos in the first century B.C. for a multitude of purposes. It was both a sundial, compass, weather vain and water clock. The tower was built in an octagonal shape and has extremely well preserved reliefs on each side.

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  • Written Mar 27, 2003
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