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Monuments near Monastiraki

Photos of monuments near Monastiraki

tower of the winds

The tower of the Winds

The Tower of the Winds or Aerides as they called by the Athenians is an octagonal tower on the east edge of the Roman Agora of Athens and it is the best preserved ancient building in Athens. the tower was built around 100 BC by the Greek astronomer Andronicus of Cyrrhus.

On each of the eight sides of the tower there is a relief for the 8 wind gods Boreas (north), Kaikas (Northeast), Apeliotes (East) , Euros (Southeast), Notos (south), Lips (Southwest), Zephyros (the West) and Skiron (Northwest). In the tower there was a water clock. You can get there from Monastiraki or Plaka.

Ancient forum

Ancient Agora

The Agora of Athens was the centre of business, social and political life of the ancient city of Athens. A wide open space, flanked by an accumulation of public buildings. Over time, it had a mix of functions as a Government centre.
It was, among others, the place where the Athenians gathered to discuss their laws and decide the political future of their city. Until the reforms of Cleisthenes was the place of concentration of the Ecclesia of demos.
The Athenian Agora became a residential area during Roman and Byzantine times.

Roman Forum

Roman Forum

FLEA MARKET

STREET CAFES

MONASTIRAKI PICTURES

STREET MUSICIANS

MONASTIRAKI PHOTO GALLERY

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MONUMENTS NEAR MONASTIRAKI

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