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Address: Athina 105, Athens, Greece
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A graceful stone tower dating back to the first century AD.

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Good example of how much the ancients knew

At first glance, this octagonal tower might appear not very distinct, especially when compared to elegant temple columns. However, a little knowledge easily changes one's... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Belo Horizonte, MG
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Also known as the Horologion of Andronikos of Kyrrhos, the octagonal tower is a monument from the late Hellenistic period, dating back to circa the end of the 2nd century BC, that functioned as a timepiece. It is entirely built of Pentelic marble, with the exception of its foundations, which are built of poros stone, a commonly utilized building stone... More 

Thank Andy B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At first glance, this octagonal tower might appear not very distinct, especially when compared to elegant temple columns. However, a little knowledge easily changes one's perspective of it. The Tower of the Winds is a modern-day name, it having been known as the Horologion in the past. It was built in the 1st century BC by Andronikos Kyrristos (of Andronicus... More 

Thank ianwyj
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

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 ancient sites. It closes at 3pm so factor that in to your plans if you want to see it from the inside... More 

Thank lonewolf44
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

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.

Thank OZS969
Bicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

At the end of the Ancient Agora stands the Tower of the Winds. A lovely octagonal tower which depicts old bearded men for strong winds & young men for gentle gusts !! The water clock was operated by a stream from the Acropolis and is well worth seeing !!

Thank Ossie D
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

This is just a fascinating place as well as being beautiful. The Tower of the Winds sits proudly at one end of the Roman Agora, an octagonal tower from 50b.c with personifications of the winds on each side. Inside you can still see on the floor, the water clock operated by a stream from the acropolis. It is a beautiful... More 

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

The Tower of Winds is a tower situated in the ruins of the Roman Agora and is the best preserved element there. This is an ancient clock that represented the winds. It is a good place to visit, when going to the Roman Agora, although not necessarily the must-see in Athens.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

You need a guide or do some research about it otherwise it'd be just another ruin. It's quite well preserved. Very near to the Hadrian library so you can do it together.

Thank HT1024
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Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

The ruin itself is a sight - a very large complex of columns, and informative plaques. Worth a visit, even if you can see most of it from behind a fence. It is very interesting considering the functions it fulfilled, and the time it was built.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

In the Roman Agora I found a well preserved monument, the Tower of the Winds; it's an ancient clock representing the winds, and is located near Plaka. The tower is octagonal and was the meteo from the ancient Romans; This monument was a hydraulic clock and on each face I can see bas-reliefs of the eight winds : Meltemi, Tramontana,... More 

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Monastiraki is a souvenir-hunting enclave with a difference. Apart from the dramatic backdrop of the Acropolis, its network of alleys and pedestrianized streets surround the remains of both the Greek and Roman agoras, adding the quaint concept that this is where the ancients also came to shop. Named after the tiny monastery church at its center, Monastiraki Square is a lively spot by day or night, with street peddlers vying for your attention to sell you nuts and sweets. Down beside the metro station, the official Flea Market is an unbroken row of souvenir shops until you come to antique-oriented Platia Avissinias, while Pandrossou Street on the other side of the square offers more tourist shopping. The pedestrianized street beside the Greek Agora is lined with cafés offering fine views.
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