Wind tower - Athens


The Wind Tower, located in the Plaka district, is an octogonal edifice built by Andronicus de Cyrrhus. The 12,80 metre high tower is entirely made of white marble. On each of its eight façades is the symbol of winds, a winged figure representing one of the eight winds known in Athens. The Triton at the centre of the dome points the direction towards which is currently blowing the wind. It is one of the first known weather vane built in the world. It was actually built in the first century B.C., during Julius Caesar's era. It contains an hydraulic clock that works with water from a spring located nearby. The tower was changed into a chapel in the VIth century A.D. then into a muslim convent under the Turkish occupation.


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