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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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  • Located in the Roman Agora, this was the last of the seven sites we were able to visit with our multi site pass, unfortunately access was not available on our last day as the result of a labour strike...  more »
  • Located inside the Roman Agora stands white and beautiful on the opposite side of the entrance. The decorations of its walls bear the semblance and the names of the winds. Originally it was fed by a stream that descended from the Acropolis feeding the mechanism that allowed to measure the hours hydraulic clock. Ingenious.
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