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Tower of the Winds

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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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Very interesting ancient weather station

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We like the Plaka area and stumbled on this area one day while roaming. A beautiful area....somewhat ignored by tourists. Near the Roman Agora . Worth a look-see...if you have time.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

the build of the tower itself is marvellous, but that is it. Nothing much to see. It is inside the Roman Agora. You can see the tower just by standing from outside the Roman Agora, save yourself 3 euros in entrance fee.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

... nothing much can be told about it, since not much has left. Visited as a part of roman Agora, so if you decided to spend some time to visit, come and take a look - it won't be long though.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Sitting inside the "new" Roman forum, this building is an incredible mechanism. There is a few to enter the grounds. Built by a Greek astronomer, it once featured an accurate water clock, which allowed him to record his observations. For the merchants, a wind vane, so they might be able to tell when their ships would arrive. There s an... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is a very interesting building. It was built to be a water clock and weather vane. The different winds are shown in relief structures on the outside top of the tower. The tower sits within the jumbled ruins of what was the Roman Agora.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

We were only able to view this structure, and the surrounding ruins, from outside the fence. Sadly, the site closes at 4 PM which is unfortunate as there are so many sites to see in Athens. But, when we return, we will surely visit this site and learn 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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