Tower Of The WindsCurrently Open
- Address: Athens 105 55, Greece
- Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Historical Site, Family And Kids, Tower
Greek astronomy is world famous. And the Tower of Winds stands as a supreme example of Greeks’ proficiency with astronomical studies. Located in the Roman Agora between the sections of Plaka and Monastiraki, this octagonal tower comes across as one of the attractions of the city. This tower was built with fine Pentelic marble probably around 50 B.C. by the Greek astronomer Andronicus of Cyrrhus. With an aim to tell the timebased on the position of the sun, the tower of the winds became an important monument to the Athenians. It was also used for weather indicating and forecasting. As you’ll have a look at this tower, you shall come to know that it is a combination of sundials, a water clock and a wind vane. In fact, its frieze depicts the eight wind deities according to their direction: Boreas (N), Kaikias (NE), Eurus (E), Apeliotes (SE), Notus (S), Livas (SW), Zephyrus (W) and Skiron (NW). The beauty and relevance of this architectural design can be ascertained from the fact that it has been replicated for many other structures in the world. The design of the 18th century Radcliffe Observatory in Oxford UK, the 15th century Torre del Marzocco in Livorno Italy, the Temple of the Winds in Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland and tower in Sevastopol Ukraine built in 1849 have followed the exemplary design of Tower of Winds only.
How to Reach Tower Of The Winds
- By Metro: Monastiraki station
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7.87% of people who visit Athens include Tower Of The Winds in their plan
26.67% of people start their Tower Of The Winds visit around 10 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Tower Of The Winds
50% of people prefer walking in order to reach Tower Of The Winds