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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, 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, with the work expected to last until late 2015.
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  • This is just a fascinating place as well as being beautiful. The Tower of the Winds sits proudly at one end of the Roman Agora, an octagonal tower from 50b.c with personifications of the winds on each...  more »
  • The Tower of Winds is a tower situated in the ruins of the Roman Agora and is the best preserved element there. This is an ancient clock that represented the winds. It is a good place to visit, when g...  more »
  • You need a guide or do some research about it otherwise it'd be just another ruin. It's quite well preserved. Very near to the Hadrian library so you can do it together.  more »