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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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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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  • My husband, the engineer, thoroughly enjoyed hearing about this building. It was a great feat of engineering and he liked hearing about how the water clock may have worked. The stone carvings on the o...  more »
  • Amazing how an anstonomer created this building to use wind directions and water and time, using a weather vane. It became a church in later times, beautiful frescoes that are still vibrant.  more »
  • Also known as the Horologion of Andronikos of Kyrrhos, the octagonal tower is a monument from the late Hellenistic period, dating back to circa the end of the 2nd century BC, that functioned as a time...  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