Athens: World’s ‘first weather station’ opens to public

Built more than 2,000 years in Fanz Live  the past, the Tower of the Winds is said to be the arena’s first climate station.

Used by traders to tell the wind and time – even in darkness – the station continues to be standing on a slope on Athens’ historical Acropolis hill and has been restored and re-opened to the public for the first time in nearly 2 hundred years.The station is believed to be 2,000 years old [Reuters]

The best mystery was how that clock worked at night.

The most outstanding theory is that a hydraulic mechanism powered a water-clock tool, the use of a move flowing from the Acropolis hill.

“It’s miles, we accept as true with, the sector’s first weather station,” Stelios Daskalakis, head of conservation, advised Reuters information organization.

“It is positioned within the Roman Agora [market place] as it turned into of brilliant value for the merchants to examine the climate and additionally inform the time their goods would arrive.”

The Tower is credited to the architect and astronomer Andronikos of Cyrrhus. It is nearly 14m high and on pinnacle of its absolutely preserved roof product of 24 marble slabs, rests a Corinthian capital.

At the pinnacle of the octagonal tower, there may be a frieze of 1 of every of the 8 Anemoi: wind gods of Greek mythology.

On the floor of the tower are carved lines for the water clock and At the out-of-doors partitions there are marks for a sundial.


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It’s far believed that a bronze figure of Triton become sitting On the roof retaining a rod and turning with the wind.

The constructing has had many guises over time and the Whirling Dervishes were the closing occupants.

The monument has been largely close since they left in 1828.

It is no longer a weather station or even a 24-hour clock. The mechanism is assumed to have been stolen throughout the Roman duration.