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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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  • Although it is not an imposing monument like the others, it has its appeal, worth visit and view the details of their decorations.
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  • Is a magnetic place attracts at each visit in Athens. The easiest way to center here reached the street, Aiolou straight from the Omonia square by the Central pedestrian street of Ormou-the Tower of the winds at the Acropolis. Tower of the Winds is the octagonal tower of white marble on the Roman forum. It was supposedly built on the basis of a draft Andronikosa from Kyrros about 50 p. n. e, although according to other sources the construction was 150 klat earlier. It served as a city clock-horologion-and weather vane. Each of its walls is attributed to God one of the winds: Boreas-North wind, Kajkias-North-East, Euros-Southeast, Notos – South, English-Oriental, Marshmallow, Lips-Southwest and Skiron-Northwest. On top of the roof was a 8 metre wind direction indicator with a Buddha statue man-fish, sea Triton satire. On the eight walls-8 sundials. In the middle there was once water water powered hourglass. In the era of early Christianity Tower buried ground was used for the Bell Tower of the Church. It was excavated in the 19th century – hence the well preserved items of adornment. The beauty of this tower and attracts.
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  • the build of the tower itself is marvellous, but that is it. Nothing much to see. It is inside the Roman Agora. You can see the tower just by standing from outside the Roman Agora, save yourself 3 eur...  more »