Ancient Tower of Winds in Athens Opens to Visitors

After decades of being closed off to the public, the Greek Culture Ministry announced on Wednesday that the Tower of Winds, or the Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes, in the Roman Agora under the Acropolis will be open to the public.

The heritage landmark dates back to the 1st Century BC. Originally built by astronomer Andronikos Kyrrhestes, the 2,000-year-old clock tower has undergone major restorations and conservation efforts since the summer of 2014 when the Athens Ephorate of Antiquities began cleaning and conserving the structure.

The 12-meter tall structure is made of marble and for the most part has stayed intact over the years. It is about 8-meters in diameter and the octagonal Pentelic marble clock tower originally incorporated a water clock and sundials used for telling time in ancient Greece.

The structure also had a weather vane perched on top of relief carvings of the eight principal wind deities: Boreas (north), Kakis (northeast), Eurus (east), Apeliotes (southeast), Notus (south), Lips (southwest), Zephyrs (west), and Skiron (northwest).

Source: Greek Reporter
By Kerry Kolasa-Sikiaridi



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