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The Tower of the Winds

I have been writing about the wind recently and thought I would share a favourite building that I am always reminded of when thinking of the wind. The Tower of the Winds was built in Athens in the first century BC by Andronicus of Cyrrhus. It has eight faces, each one with a frieze representing the wind that blows from that direction, from Boreas in the north, through Notus in the south and back. It has a sundial on the outside and used to contain a water clock within it. Time, sun, wind and water all brought together in a building that stands, and it still stands, 13m high and 8m wide.

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