Some ruins are located far from contemporary cities; Zadar's Roman Forum, by contrast, is right in the heart of town. Constructed by Augustus, it was the site of a temple that was built for the Roman gods Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. The forum was also used in ancient times for gatherings of the town's citizens. Today, it is still very much part of the fabric of the city—a place to meet and relax, cooled by Adriatic breezes. Although the unearthed stones at the site (it was only excavated after World War II) are museum-quality, they aren't off-limits or behind a wall of glass. The ancient past feels remarkably present here.