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The Tower of the Winds

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The Tower of the Winds, also called horologion (timepiece), is an octagonal Pentelic marble clocktower on the Roman agora in Athens. 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.

The 12-metre-tall structure has a diameter of about 8 metres and was topped in antiquity by a weathervane-like Triton that indicated the wind direction Below the frieze depicting the eight wind deities — Boreas (N), Kaikias (NE), Eurus (E), Apeliotes (SE), Notus (S), Livas (SW), Zephyrus (W), and Skiron (NW) — there are eight sundials. In its interior, there was a water clock (or clepsydra), driven by water coming down from the Acropolis. Recent research has shown that the considerable height of the tower was motivated by the intention to place the sundials and the wind-vane at a visible height on the Agora, making it effectively an early example of a clocktower. According to the testimony of Vitruvius and Varro, Andronicus of Cyrrhus designed the structure.

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Comments (239)

majasa on October 2, 2015

Very beautiful photo, nice place.

LIKE 217/97 FAV


Janulka on October 21, 2015

Pekná história!!!

YSL - 98/218

S pozdravom,jani - Slovakia

Paolo Savigni on October 25, 2015

Interesting place.
I LIKE it.
Best regards, Paolo

Ricardo David Jusino… on October 27, 2015

Hermosa fotografía!..Saludos desde mi isla del encanto. Like 220.

Kicaj on October 28, 2015

Fajne zdjęcie

Pozdrawiam Kicaj

Sergey Kreps on October 30, 2015

Beautiful photo. LIKE!

Best wishes, Sergey

Erhard Bernstein on November 13, 2015

Like-222 for this beautiful picture!

Best greetings, Erhard

zy ko on December 8, 2015

Świetnie uchwycone piękne zabytkowe miejsce! L+F Pozdrawiam serdecznie! zyko

kiaksar on December 28, 2015

Beautiful ancient place!


Greetings, kiaksar

FaSon on January 18, 2016

+FAV 101; Best regards from Norway!

Martin Beitz on February 21, 2016

Beautiful ancient place. Fav/Like. Greetings, Martin.

Yunus Yavuz on February 27, 2016

Wonderful place, well taken. LIKE + FAV Greetings from Turkey. Yunus

Rod Rich on March 23, 2016

Very nice! L

Have a beautiful day, Roman

JeO112 on March 28, 2016

Me gusta, ☆☆☆ Like ☆☆☆,
Saludos desde "La isla del encanto"
Puerto Rico....JeO112.

grażyna Kazimierczak on March 31, 2016

Beautiful photo and wonderful The Tower of the Winds.L228/F 104**

Best greetings,Grażyna.

ThesergeantAGS Gonza… on April 25, 2016

Perfect photography, very excellent use of color and light, my best regards from Miami Fl. (Like + Favorite)

Reiner Vogeley on May 17

The photo is very beautiful! ℒike +av..

Best regards, Reiner

Karl Eggenmüller on May 22

Γειά σου αγαπητέ φίλε Νίκος,


YS 107

Τις καλύτερες ευχές από τη Γερμανία,


IFL BO on August 11

Schöne Aufnahme Nikos! F! Viele Grüße, Barbara

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  • Uploaded on August 19, 2014
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    by Νίκος Γεωργακόπουλος
    • Taken on 2011/04/24 10:28:08
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash