Viewed from the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, the Roman Forum of Athens is located to the north of the Acropolis and to the east of the original classical Greek Agora. The Agora actually has nothing to do with Romans, but took this name because it was constructed during Roman times.

Prominent in the Agora you can see the Tower of the Winds (on the right) and the Fethiye Djami (on the left).

The Tower of the Winds, also called horologion (timepiece), is an octagonal Pentelic marble clock tower. The structure features a combination of sundials, a water clock and a wind vane. It was supposedly built by Andronicus of Cyrrhus around 50 BC, but according to other sources might have been constructed in the 2nd century BC before the rest of the forum.

The Pentelic marble structure was built in the shape of an octagonal tower with a pyramidal roof. At the top of the pyramid was a revolving copper Triton which showed the direction of the wind. The name of the tower comes from the external friezes, containing carved depictions of the eight winds, each holding a special symbol, with its name on the cornice: Boreas (north), Skiron (nouthwest), Zephyros (west), Lips (southwest), Notos (south), Euros (southeast), Apeliotes (east), and Kaikias (northeast). Each wind was given a personality according to its characteristics and each promises different conditions.

The Turkish mosque (Fethiye Djami) considered one of the oldest and finest Ottoman monuments in Athens was constructed in 1456 AD on the ruins of an Early Christian basilica.

The mosque was built in honour of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror (Fethiye Djami). It is known to the Greeks as the Market Mosque (Djami tou Staropazaroú). The mosque now houses a collection of folk ceramics, part of the collection of the Greek Tradition and Folk Art Museum.

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm


Related shots can be found at Athens, Greece or Eastern Meditteranean.

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 5 years ago

    Outstanding Tom!!

  • Thank you so much dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1almost 5 years ago

    Beautifully composed!

  • Thank you kindly Gina …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowalmost 5 years ago

    Now Greece, before Italy , before that Scotland… you have us on a world wide tour Tom!!!! How wonderful that you have been to all these areas and bring them here for us to enjoy!!!! And with the narrative these are just a great compliment to your images!!! Nice going dear friend!!!

  • You are so very kind dear Jz, especially when I am feeling low. I’m normally very healthy, but I had flu a few weeks ago and I was left with a cough that won’t go away. Now it has got much worse and I am running a fever as well. I should have stayed in the warmth of my home instead of venturing out into the snow.

    – Tom Gomez

  • Carol2
    Carol2almost 5 years ago

    Outstanding view and capture, Tom!!

  • Thank you so much Carol …

    – Tom Gomez

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture Tom, lovely terracotta colours

  • Thank you kindly dear Trudi …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Dogman
    Dogmanalmost 5 years ago

    Very nice work Tom!!

  • Thank you so much Frank …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 5 years ago

    lovely warm scene,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Thank you Sean, much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • biddumy
    biddumyalmost 5 years ago
    Lovely classical image, well done!!!
  • Thank you kindly biddumy …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Phillip M. Burrow
    Phillip M. Burrowalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful image Tom!

  • Thank you so much Phillip …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Elana Bailey
    Elana Baileyalmost 5 years ago

    A fabulous view, Tom. Nicely done. Cheers Elana.

  • Thank you so much dear Elana …

    – Tom Gomez

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