Tower of the Winds

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Aiolou & Diogenous, Athens, Greece

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Johnpro Johnpro
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The Tower of the Winds or horologion (timepiece) Jan 02, 2012
History :

In the first half of the first century BC, a water clock was constructed near the east end of the Roman Agora by the astronomer Andronicos, from Kyros in Macedonia. It is now known as the Tower of the Winds.

The name of the structure relates to the representations of eight winds, !

Boreas (N), Kaikias (NE), Apeliotes (E), Euros (SE), Notos (S), Lips (SW), Zephyros (W) and Skiron (NW), sculpted on the eight facades.

The octagonal tower, 3,20 meters (10,49 ft) long on each side, stands on a base of three steps and is built of white Pentelic marble. It has a conical roof, a cylindrical annex on the south side and two Corinthian porches, one on the NE and one on the NW side. There were sundials on the external walls and an elaborate water clock in the interior.

In the early Christian period, the Tower of the Winds was converted into a church or a baptistery of an adjacent church, while the area outside the NE entrance was occupied by a Christian cemetery. In the 15th century AD, Cyriacus of Ancona mentions the monument as the temple of Aeolos while an anonymous traveller refers to it as a church. In the 18th century it was used as the teke of the Dervishes ( To smoke herb …:) . )

The monument had been half-buried by the earth accumulated over the centuries. It was excavated between 1837 and 1845 by the Greek Archaeological Society. Restoration work was carried out between 1916-1919 by An. Orlandos and again in 1976 by the 1st Ephorate of Antiquities.

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What around : Acropoli , Kerameikos, Acropoilis Museum , Plaka , Monastiraki .

How to go : With Subway Monastiraki terminal , Metro Monastiraki station ! Just 200 meters away from monastiraki square , at the end of Plaka neighbourhood ! Beginning of Aiolou street ! In the same complex with Roman Agora !

Tips :

Opening hours and tickets :

Summer (01/04-31/10) , 08:30-15:00 daily

Winter (01/11-31/03) , 08:30-15:00 daily

Normal 2 Euro , Reduced 2 Euro include Ancient agora

(Day ticket for all archaeological entries , must be 12 entrances and cost 12 euro ). The prices @ 2011 .

Every Sunday in winter period have free entrance for the most of that !

The photos are from 2011 & 2012 !

P.s. I make the review like a small guide ! I know is more better and easier to read ! If you ask me what I like ? I like all of them and love to be a tourist in my city :)

I am not Historical or a Guide , just explore and love my city :) . For extra information contact with me :).
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