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Roman Agora (Forum)

Imagine shopping where the ancient Greeks did, as you stroll through the remains of the former meeting center of Athens, composed of colonnades with marble columns.

The Roman Agora was constructed in the 1st century with donations from Julius Caesar and Augustus. This was the center of political and public life in Ancient Athens. People met in the large open area surrounded by buildings filled with shops for commerce, political, religious and military activity. You can easily picture women and men in flowing togas and sandals strolling among the ruins of the white marble columned colonnades.

Make your way to the northwest area of the Acropolis to find this 367 by 315 foot (112 by 96 meters) forum. You’ll find yourself in a spacious courtyard surrounded by columns and the slabs of marble. You can see the remains of fountains, shops, and temples built to honor the Olympian Gods. There’s even an ancient drainage system.

One of the most well-preserved structures is the foundation of a public latrine constructed in the first century, just inside the entry. The ancient Gate of Athena Archegetis, surrounded by four classic Doric columns, makes for one of many great photo ops. And the majestic Fethiye Djami mosque is one of the best-preserved buildings from the Ottoman Empire. 

You can buy refreshments at the park outside the Acropolis, or save money purchasing food and water at a nearby store. Guides are available for a price, near the ticket kiosk, or buy a souvenir guidebook and take a self-tour.

The Roman Agora is within the Acropolis complex in the center of the city. It is accessible by public transportation. Admission is covered in the cost of the Acropolis, and the site is open daily. Get there early to avoid the year-round crowds and the heat of summer.


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Lodging Near Roman Agora

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Attalos Hotel $91
Attalos Hotel

Attalos Hotel

Athinas Street 29, Athens
     
    4.1
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    Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Athens Central Market and Monastiraki Flea Market. Roman Agora and Ancient Agora are also within 10 minutes.

    New Hotel $213
    New Hotel

    New Hotel

    16 Filellinon St, Syntagma, Athens
       
      4.7
      of 5, from 552 reviews
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      Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Paul's Anglican Church, Hellenic Parliament, and Roman Agora. Acropolis Museum and Zappeion Hall are also within 10 minutes.

      Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens $387
      Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens

      Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens

      1 Vasileos Georgiou A' str., Athens
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 400 reviews
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        Built as a palace in 1862 and known as the “Royal Box,” this Athens hotel on Syntagma Square is adjacent to the Parliament building and one km (one half-mile) from the Acropolis.

        Airotel Parthenon $117
        Airotel Parthenon

        Airotel Parthenon

        6 Makri Street, Athens
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 2,070 reviews
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          Centrally located in Plaka, the ancient city of Athens, this 7-floor hotel is within walking distance of the famous Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum. The Acropolis Metro Station, offering easy connections to the city and airports is a 2-minute walk from the hotel.

          Electra Metropolis Athens $249
          Electra Metropolis Athens

          Electra Metropolis Athens

          15 Mitropoleos Street, Athens
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 635 reviews
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            Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, Hellenic Parliament, and Roman Agora. Monastiraki Flea Market and Zappeion Hall are also within 10 minutes.

            Athens Status Suites $153
            Athens Status Suites

            Athens Status Suites

            28 Petraki Str., Athens
               
              4.3
              of 5, from 490 reviews
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              Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, Roman Agora, and Hellenic Parliament. Ancient Agora and Monastiraki Flea Market are also within 10 minutes.

              Fresh Hotel $121
              Fresh Hotel

              Fresh Hotel

              26 Sophokleous Street, Athens
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 929 reviews
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                This centrally located Athens hotel, located in Psirri, is a few minutes’ walk from Plaka, Monastiraki, Omonia Square, and the National Historical Museum. The metro and train stations of Omonia & Monastiraki are nearby.

                Electra Palace Athens $229
                Electra Palace Athens

                Electra Palace Athens

                18 - 20 N Nikodimou Street, Athens
                   
                  4.5
                  of 5, from 1,953 reviews
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                  Set in the district of Plaka on a quiet side street, this Athens hotel is near the new Acropolis Museum, Zappeion Exhibition Hall, The Roman Agora, and 500 metres from Syntagma Square's metro station to the Athens Airport. The tram to the Athens coastline is nearby.