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January 14, 2008
From journal Greek Adventures in Athens
by Coronado Bob & Berie
November 11, 2004
From journal Post Olympic Athens - The Walking City
March 29, 2004
At the Roman Agora, Tower of Winds should not be missed. This cute building was built by a Syrian scientist to make some measurements about air, temperatures, water, etc. There were, of course, water sources here once upon a time. One of the presents of the ancient gods to Athens was water by Poseidon and olive trees by Athene; the second one won. In the Greek agora, an old church from 11th century and the headless statue of Hadrian were favourites.
From journal Coctail of chaos and beauty
by Sarah M
Leicester, United Kingdom
August 12, 2003
From journal Essential Athens
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
March 9, 2002
From journal Four days in Athens
State College, Pennsylvania
February 11, 2002
The site to be sure to see are the Odeon, the museum inside the painted stoa, the altar of the Olympian gods, and the shrine to the eponymous heroes.
From journal It's All Greek To Me
by Jose Kevo
August 14, 2001
For making the most of Ancient Agora, I suggest using the EYEWITNESS Travel Guide for Greece...Athens & The Mainland. They have excellent illustrations for what many attractions would have looked like 2000 years ago which helps put some imaginary life, enjoyment into your efforts. The Agora area is still outlined by the same street grid system including the Panathenaic Way which led thru the marketplace to the Acropolis. Areas are lined with building foundations and statue remains - all of which are missing heads and arms.
Sitting atop a small hill to the west and easily spotted, the Hephaisteion Temple, built around 445 B.C., is the best preserved building of the Agora and of temples in Athens. But don't stop with the temple. Continue exploring behind up to and along the western boundary for what I considered some of the best "finds" within the Agora. The back fence is littered with large, intact relics including what appears to be several marble burial vualts with ornate freizes carved into the sides. (Or else they're the fanciest horse watering troughes I've ever seen!) To the south of the Agora near the Turkish Temple, which is also rather interesting, there were many odds-and-ends artifacts including Ancient Greek Urns that had over time filled and solidified.
Before leaving the Agora, visit the Stoa of Attalos museum which is included in the 1200 drachma admission fee. This stoa was reconstructed in the 1950's on the original foundation and displays many impressive finds from the Agora over the years. Even if you're overloaded and "ruined on ruins", take time to look perhaps from a perspective of not just what you're looking at but actually how old it is...and, which famous Ancient Greeks it might have belonged to. You'll also recognize many of the original works of pottery from knock-off replicas being sold in stores everywhere.
From journal Bittersweet Truthes you won't want to read