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View of part of the Tower of the Winds (Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes), Athens

RIBA Ref No RIBA20657
Artist/PhotographerSmirke, Sir Robert (1780-1867)
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Subject Date-49
Image Date1800
ViewExterior
StyleGreek
MediumDrawing
Library ReferenceSD83/19(3)
OrientationPortrait
Colour InfoColour
CreditRIBA Collections
SubjectHouses ; Friezes ; Sundials ; Stone ; Marble ; Decorative stonework ; Towers
NOTES: This octagonal tower dates from the 1st century BC and was originally the 'Horolgion of Andronykos Kyrrhestes'. It served as a water clock until the 6th century. The sides of the tower indicate the eight points of the Athenian compass, and the eight winds associated with these points are represented allegorically on the marble frieze that runs around the tower.
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