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Tower of the Winds Interesting

Tower of the Winds
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The Tower of the Winds, an octagonal building made of white marble, 12.8 m high, built in the reign of Julius Caesar (1C B.C.), was then included in the Roman agora. Its name derives from the eight winged characters, symbolising the dominant winds of Athens, sculpted on the eight sides of the tower and identified by inscriptions. Note especially: to the north, opposite Eolou Street, Boreus, the cold wind, in the shape of a bearded man preparing to blow into a conch; to the west, the gentle Zephyr letting flowers fall from his cloak. This tower was also designed to house a hydraulic clock invented by the Syrian Andronicus. The water was brought here from the spring Clepsydre located on the north slope of the Acropolis, which explains the name clepsydra given subsequently to water clocks. The round turret, the remains of which can be seen on the southern side, constituted the reservoir for the water poured inside the tower in a cylinder whose levels indicated the time; the north-western door of the tower remained open to allow this clock to be viewed. The Tower of the Winds was transformed into a chapel in the 6C, and under the Turkish occupation became a teke, a monastery for Muslim holy men; in the 18C it was home to whirling dervishes. It was at this time thought to be Socrates' tomb. In the neighbouring square, at the corner of Eolou Street, there remains a door of an 18C medersa, a Muslim religious teaching establishment.

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  • Address : R. Erehtheos GR - 10558 Athína10558Athína

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