Tower of the Winds

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A graceful stone tower dating back to the first century AD.
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Neighborhood: Plaka
Due to its proximity to the Acropolis, Plaka remains the area where the majority of foreign visitors stay and play. Its attractive features include small squares, some notable museums and the beautiful Mitropolis cathedral, as well as a host of places to stay, eat and drink. Its pedestrian zones make it a pleasant place to escape from the city’s notorious traffic. Adrianou and Kidathineon Streets contain a number of souvenir shops, offering classier items than you will find in the Flea Market. The most rewarding section to explore is the upper reaches towards the Acropolis itself, where many old stone houses with tiled roofs have survived. Up here you can find leafier corners and the odd quaint taverna with unobstructed views of the ancient rock.
How to get there
  • Monastiraki • 3 min walk
  • Akropoli • 5 min walk
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Brianngog
Cyprus6,922 contributions
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If memory serves me correct then Tower of the Winds is situated in the Roman Agora. If not then the Tower sure looks the part. great piece of Artchitecture and beautifully sculpted at the top of each of the Six sides. Yet another piece in jigsaw that is the Athenian history. The old town must once have been a truly wonderous sight to behold.
Written August 2, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA13,441 contributions
An important site of ancient Athens in the middle of the Plaka. It has a fence around it as there is always some work going on here. Makes for a good photo. Historic.
Written July 24, 2022
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK611,744 contributions
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My twin brother Stephen and I visited the Roman Agora ,one of the most fascinating structures in this stunning historical site is Tower Of a The Winds.
Tower Of The Winds ( Horologion Of Andronikos Kyrrhestes ) is or was basically a timepiece ( Horologion ) so this tower is also considered the worlds first meteorological station ,the tower was multifunctional with a combination of sundials ,water clock and wind vane,the tower was designed by Andronicus of Cyrrhus in 50 BC ,the sheer age of the tower blows my mind ,I'm fascinated by the Roman Empire and it's influence on the ancient world and being able to be in touching distance of such an historically important tower was awesome,it's definitely well worth checking out if you're planning on visiting the Roman Agora.
Written July 13, 2022
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Harrison F. Carter
Cologne, Germany10,599 contributions
Liked seeing this, and visible from the street too, if you are short on time. Worth a look en route to the Acropolis.
Written March 5, 2022
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Vikki G
Peterborough, Canada151 contributions
Another site that we found had mixed reviews and we did not pay to go into. We walked around the outside of the grounds and saw everything but what is inside the tower.

It is a cool little tower and its history is very rich. If it is something you feel you need to go into the grounds it is 8 Euros a person, then go for it.

It was beautiful to just walk around
Written February 28, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA13,441 contributions
This is one of the impressive sites in the Plaka. The excavation area is separate from the busy city and restaurants. You can view it from a bit away.
Written January 24, 2022
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA12,303 contributions
This unique octagon tower sits at one end of the Roman Agora. There is good signage that explains what it was used for. We felt this was the most interesting part of the Roman Agora.
Written October 6, 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA13,441 contributions
This is at the Hadrian's Library site, part of the Roman city. The Romans rebuilt Athens which was in decline and made it a major city in their empire, so there are lots of Roman ruins scattered about. This one is significant.
Written August 14, 2021
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Mark L
Evans, GA398 contributions
Family
Located in the Hadrian library site. You can easily see it from outside the site. Just an interesting old monument. Not a destination
Written June 7, 2021
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I W
Barrow Upon Soar, UK192 contributions
Family
This is an octagonal tower that has carvings on the outside depicting the various winds and housed a water clock, but there was no explanation about what the clock looked like or how it worked. The tower is in the Romans agora so it's worth a look, especially if you have the 30 euro pass. The museum of ancient Greek technology has an example of a water clock, which is also worth a visit.
Written October 28, 2020
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