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One of Athens' most interestingly layered sites
Roman Forum’s earliest and most striking feature is the marvelous, eight-sided Tower of the Winds, built in 50 BC by Syrian astronomer Andronikos Kyrrhestas. The combination of sundial, weather vane and water clock was unlike any other building in the ancient world.
A century later, the Romans shifted Athens' central marketplace from the sprawling Ancient Agora, creating a smaller, more orderly one around the tower.
The Ottomans made their mark by building a mosque on the same site. In the 20th century archaeologists used the Forum as a repository for unclassifiable smaller finds from all over Attica, which explains the presence of the odd Byzantine grave marker or garlanded sarcophagus.
Tower of the Winds
Phone: 210 324 5220
Open Hours: Apr-Oct 8am-7.30pm daily. Nov-Mar 8am-sunset daily.