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Tower of the Winds, Athens

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The Tower of the Winds or the Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes is an octagonal Pentelic marble clocktower in the Roman Agora in Athens that functioned as a horologion or "timepiece". Unofficially, the monument is also called Aerides (Αέρηδες), which means Winds. The structure features a combination of sundials, a water clock, and a wind vane. It was supposedly built by Andronicus of Cyrrhus around 50 BC, but according to other sources, might have been constructed in the 2nd century BC before the rest of the forum. In summer of 2014, the Athens Ephorate of Antiquities began cleaning and conserving the structure; restoration work was completed in August 2016.
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  • From the ancient times, as always in Athens. This tower near the ancient Roman Agora is a special sight. It is now possible to see inside also. It has symbols of the compass points.  more »
  • Old Greek observatory worth visiting on the way to the Acropolis. Always read about the background of each sites before visiting.  more »
  • This monument is an ancient weather station, used to tell the time, indicate the present weather conditions, and help forecast the future weather. It consisted of a weather-vane (now gone) to indicate...  more »
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  • Octagonal Pentelic marble clocktower in the Roman Agora. Built around 50 BC, this structure is preserved quite well and is an interesting sight to behold.
  • Very well conserved monument...There could be more explanation boards around the Roman Agora, but still a beautiful place to see.
  • Cool rock. Useful for knowing where you are.
  • One of the places you will pass by while wandering Athens historical center. Don't miss it
  • Nice piece of history

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