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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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  • The Tower of the winds can be reached from Monastiraki Metro Station and is within the area of the Roman agora. It is an octagonal Pentelic marble Tower, known as horologion, allegedly made between the 1st and 2nd century BC, 12 meters high with a diameter of about 8 meters. The area is that of Plaka and you have to take a side of Adrianou Street, full of locals. You don't need to enter because the best is outside. Copies of this tower are located in Sevastopol, built in 1849, and in Bergamo, built in 1940. Thanks for reading my review. If you like you can give a rating useful from the link below.
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  • The Tower of the winds is a cylindrical beautiful book in very good condition. It is the flagship of the Roman agora room. Made it is in a clock on his side of reliefs representing the winds. Too bad that she lost her wind vane. The site is accessible by the neighborhood of plaka and monastiraki square. Entrance €5 (included in the combined Acropolis ticket).
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  • The Torre dei Venti is located in the Roman Agora and it can be visited on the same ticket, but not worth it: inside the Tower does not remain a trace of the ancient water clock, and there's not much to see. On the railings of the streets all around the Agora, instead, there are 8 panels, each under a façade of the Tower, with information about Wind depicted, on Tower construction, restorations, etc.
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