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Tower of the Winds

Athina 105, Athens, Greece
+30 21 0324 5220
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A graceful stone tower dating back to the first century AD.
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  • Average23%
  • Poor3%
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“water clock” (23 reviews)
“roman forum” (9 reviews)
“weather vane” (5 reviews)
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Athina 105, Athens, Greece
Monastiraki
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"water clock"
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"roman forum"
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"weather vane"
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"weather station"
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"interesting building"
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"century bc"
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"ancient clock"
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"wind direction"
in 2 reviews
"wonderful sculptures"
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"hellenistic period"
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"worth a visit"
in 8 reviews
"pentelic marble"
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"north slope"
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"ancient times"
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"visiting athens"
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"sundials"
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"windy"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

An interesting looking building that is even more fascinating when you realise it was for measuring time.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This small building is located at the back of the Roman Agora site. Water clock remains are still visible and some information is available inside.

Thank stinger008
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an attractive looking tower next to the Roman Agora. You can get decent pics from outside the fence so there's no need to go into the agora proper. The history of the structure as a clock is quite interesting.

Thank KGB777
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Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

This tower of the winds is really pretty and it’s also situated in a really pretty picturesque area of Athens

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Reviewed 9 December 2017

Extremely interesting water clock made by a Macedonian scholar during the Hellenistic period. Led to one of the first computers. Now only the outer tower is left, but there is a description of the mechanism.

Thank Ogi0
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

Designed first as a sundial and weather station with the winds being depicted around the top of the tower in relief. It also worked later as a water clock amongst other tasks. Super building.

Thank SimplyFred
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

At the end of the Roman Forum, we came to the Tower of the Winds. This octagonal tower was built by a Greek astronomer in 50 BC. The tower is 12 meters tall with 8 meters diameters. In ancient time, it was first designed to...More

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Reviewed 12 November 2017

So this tower is standing here for thousands of years used for predicting weather. Amazing that such monuments have survived so many years.

Thank Tal R
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

In Oct 2017, we walked around the Ancient Agora area and found this beautiful monument to the 8 winds. The carvings that surround the top of the tower represent the 8 winds. I loved looking at the tower from all sides and seeing the old...More

Thank AmyKearney
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

On the site of the Roman Agora, just walk to the end, see the remains of the old water clock and the 8 sides representing the 8 winds.

Thank MikeFo
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Monastiraki
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
...More
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