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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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  • August 12, 2017
    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 »
  • August 12, 2017
    Old Greek observatory worth visiting on the way to the Acropolis. Always read about the background of each sites before visiting.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    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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  • May 17, 2017
    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.
  • December 17, 2016
    Very well conserved monument...There could be more explanation boards around the Roman Agora, but still a beautiful place to see.
  • March 1, 2017
    Cool rock. Useful for knowing where you are.
  • February 27, 2017
    One of the places you will pass by while wandering Athens historical center. Don't miss it
  • June 29, 2017
    Nice piece of history

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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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