Tower of Winds (Clock of Andronicus)

Tower of Winds (Clock of Andronicus)

This beautiful, tall, octagonal tower was built in the 1st Century B.C. (that is, during the early Roman Empire), but many archaeologists now prefer a construction date in the mid-2nd Century B.C. (during the Hellenistic period) and is found immediately east of the Roman Agora.

It was designed by the famous astronomer, Andronicus of Cyrrhus, Macedonia, to be an elaborate water clock (on the inside), sundial (on the outside), and weather vane (on the top). The nickname "Tower of the Winds" is derived from the personifications of the 8 winds carved on the 8 sides of the building – 3.20 m in length and 12 m in height.

The Tower of the Winds was transformed during the early Christian era into a church or rather the baptism hall for a neighborhood church, while in the area outside of the northeastern entrance resided a Christian cemetery. In the 15th Century, the monument was referred to by Kyriakos ex Agonos as the Temple of Aiolos, while another unknown traveler described it as a church.

Finally, during the 18th Century the Tower of the Winds was converted into a home for whirling Dervishes (better known as Muslim practitioners).


Roman Agora of Athens
Hadrian's Library
Gate of Athena Archetis
Tower of Winds (Clock of Andronicus)
More monuments of Roman Agora


▶︎ Acropolis & Parthenon
▶︎ Odeon of Herodes Atticus
▶︎ Theater of Dionysus
▶︎ Ancient Agora & Hephaestus Temple
▶︎ Roman Agora & Hadrian's Library
▶︎ Temple of Olympian Zeus
▶︎ Kerameikos (Ancient Cemetery)
▶︎ Kallimarmaro (Ancient Marble Stadium)
▶︎ Lyceum of Aristotles
▶︎ Academy of Plato
▶︎ Areopagus (Ancient Court)
▶︎ Choragic Monument of Lysicrates
▶︎ Pnyx (Birthplace of Democracy)
▶︎ Monument of Phillopappou
▶︎ Ancient Sights nearby Athens