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Tower of the Winds, Athens

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Historic Site
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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  • This piece can be visited without accessing the site and is very close to Monastiraki square. It can be leveraged to see it pass that one walks in the surrounding area.
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  • This actually quite intriguing tower is the highlight of the Roman Agora of Athens, at the bottom of the North Slope of the Acropolis and accessible as part of the 30 Euro tourist day pass for 5 key a...  more »
  • The Tower of Wind is situated in the Roman Agora. This is the only standing building in the site! Combine your visit with the Roman Agora.  more »
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  • 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
  • Very nice place, especially with the illumination at night
  • Recently opened to the public daily from 8 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. Octagonal building with wonderful facade sculpture images of the winds.