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 (347)

Kati Alácsné on April 13

83/351 Szép műemlék. Kiváló megörökítés. Üdv.: Kati

84/352,EXCELLENT,friendly greetings,TEDDY

Mojzer László on April 15

Hello dear friend Nikos! Beautiful photo, good shot! Greetings: Laci L+F

Lucien Kivit on May 8

Beautiful ancient tower and scenery , well presented , LIKE+YS , regards Lucien

Nabin Basnet on May 21

beautiful picture and well captured. LIKE/FAV and greetings,Nabin

Rainer.Patzig 13 days ago

very beautiful place. F88, L355.

Greetings from Berlin


Jarda cz 4 days ago

Γεια σου Νίκο. Αυτό το πολύ ωραίο πλάνο, ωραία φωτογραφία - Χαιρετίσματα από τη Βοημία - ✰Jarda✰

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  • Uploaded on April 11, 2012
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    by Νίκος Γεωργακόπουλος
    • Taken on 2011/04/24 10:32:21
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash