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

RIBApix ref no RIBA10300
Artist/PhotographerRevett, Nicholas (1720-1804)
Stuart, James (1713-1788)
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Subject Date-49
Image Date1762
ViewExterior
StyleGreek
MediumPrint
Library ReferenceEW E.b.198/1
OrientationPortrait
Colour / B&W Black and white
Credit RIBA Collections
Notes SOURCE: John Stuart and Nicholas Revett. The antiquities of Athens, vol. I (London, 1762), ch. III, pl. III 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.

Subject tags

towers, sculpture, marble, porticos, sundials