This is my version of the Tower of the Winds in Plaka, at the foot of the Acropolis of Athens. I think that the temple seen on the Acropolis is the Erechtheion -its backside, not the facade with the Caryatids.
The Tower of the Winds, from Wikipedia:
The Tower of the Winds is an octagonal Pentelic marble clocktower on the agora in Athens that functioned as a horologion or "timepiece". 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 12-metre-tall structure has a diameter of about 8 metres and was topped in antiquity by a weathervane-like Triton that indicated the wind direction.Below the frieze depicting the eight wind deities [...] there are eight sundials.In its interior, there was a water clock (or clepsydra), driven by water coming down from the Acropolis. Recent research has shown that the considerable height of the tower was motivated by the intention to place the sundials and the wind-vane at a visible height on the Agora, making it effectively an early example of a clocktower. [...]
In early Christian times, the building was used as the bell-tower of a Byzantine Church. Under Ottoman rule it became a tekke and was used by whirling dervishes. At that time it was buried up to half its height, and traces of this can be observed in the interior, where Turkish inscriptions may be found on the walls. It was fully excavated in the 19th century by the Archaeological Society of Athens.
The design of the 18th-century Radcliffe Observatory in Oxford, England, is based on the Tower of the Winds, as is the mausoleum of the founder of the Greek National Library Panayis Vagliano at West Norwood Cemetery, London. It has also inspired the 15th-century Torre del Marzocco in Livorno. There is a similar tower in Sevastopol, built in 1849. Another building based on the design of the Tower of the Winds is the Temple of the Winds, which stands in the grounds of Mount Stewart near Newtownards in Northern Ireland.
Thank you for visitin, a lovely Sunday to all
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lousat (85018) 2013-06-09 3:05
Ciao Ourania,c'e' una calda luce davvero speciale in questa foto che ha un grande effetto sui colori,scatto molto interessante sulle ottagonali e storiche torri del vento,elaborazione di grande livello,sembra quasi un HDR,ottimi anche i dettagli e composizione molto ricca.Buona Domenica,Luciano.
Miguel82 (27024) 2013-06-09 3:10
Good morning Ourania,
Brillant picture, you write an exhaustive comment about it, a superb landscape of ruins
Clear shot with nice colors and exposition
Enjoy your We
Indrasish (2939) 2013-06-09 3:11
Wonderful shot of the historical place.. Nice color effectand great sharpness too.. also a good composition.. Very well done..
Have a nice sunday..
willperrett (8963) 2013-06-09 3:21
Well composed shot, and to my taste, well exposed (ie a fraction darker than normal!) Beautiful ruins and a very detailed note telling us about the subject. TfS
Sergiom (70532) 2013-06-09 4:34
On ne voit pas souvent ce point de vue particulièrement intéressant sur la colline et le temple qui attirent autant à Athènes. L'ensemble est d'une belle netteté et jouit d'une belle lumière en diagonale .
PaulVDV (25549) 2013-06-09 4:40
The Tower of the Winds is a very beautiful octagonal clocktower. Here you present it really nicely with a great view of its surroundings, the agora, and we also catch a glimpse of the Acropolis.
The picture is well detailed and shows properly the interesting archaeological site at the foot of Athens world famous hill.
I hope you don't mind that I posted a picture in the WS whereby I let the tower lean a bit less.
Enjoy your Sunday, Paul
sandpiper (6788) 2013-06-09 4:41
Great shot of this ancient place. Excellent composition and POV. Good tones and lots to look at. Good note too.
jhm (146570) 2013-06-09 4:46
With these picture we live exactly in the 17th century.
The ruins on foreground care for a very well picture, this with a look on past
We get also a very nice background with the mountains.
Excellent composition, nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
siudzi (34141) 2013-06-09 4:59
What a great presentation of this impressive place with so many interesting ruins! Well seen and executed image. Like the warm palette of tones captured here which corresponded very well with architecture. TFS.
Nicou (133338) 2013-06-09 5:54
très très belle image de cette ancienne tour dans ce site archéologique sueprbe image avec les pins le sommet et cette falaise merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
carlo62 (41195) 2013-06-09 6:18
inquadratura perfetta, ogni cosa al suo posto, una vera bellezza.
La storia al nostro cospetto, manca il fiato al solo guardare la foto, posso solo immaginare dal vero.
dta (72959) 2013-06-09 6:19
Hello Ourania ,
Your version of this famous place is especially bautiful , with a wonderful effetc of the light , for a perfect composition .
The slight tilt of the tower is not a big problem here , even the WS of Paul is good , too .
Romano46 (18472) 2013-06-09 7:00
dopo tante isole hai colmato un vuoto che mancava: la più classica delle classiche Atene con il Partenone e l'acropoli che domina la città.
Uno scatto che ci riporta nella capitale della Grecia dopo tanto girovagare per isole con spiagge incantate e mare color cobalto.
Ma anche l'arte ha la sua grande importanza, almeno per me, e vedere anche le ricchezze artistiche oltre che paesaggistiche del tuo paese è un vero piacere, tanto più se a fotografarle sei te che nella tecnica non ha nulla da imparare.
Ciao e buona domenica
abmdsudi (48735) 2013-06-09 8:03
Good capture, I like the effect on this and something to offer. There's a greater sense of depth to this ruins from this viewpoint with a good mixture between sunlight and shadows, and I love the varied textures and the warm tones but the depth catches my eye. You handled the strong light very well and this shot gives it that bit of extra character. Great works, Congrats.
Noel_Byrne (28160) 2013-06-09 9:21
This is a magnificent view of this building, and a great note to show its importance in ancient times. I think this is also the first time I have ever seen the other side of the Erectheion!!
Your note is fascinating, and it reminds me of a show I seen recently where they were talking about a Clepsydra that was found deep in the sea and was thousands of years old. This device was generations ahead of its time, and so precise that we would find it hard to create such an object today. Amazing history in this beautiful city, and you have present a perfect scene of it.
cornejo (37653) 2013-06-09 9:57
Hi Ourania, very good picture of this beautiful tower surrounded by interesting ruins, beautifully captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings and best wishes from southern Spain.
tyro (22944) 2013-06-09 11:56
You have given us a very comprehensive and interesting note about this place - and other structures which were later inspired by it too.
Your composition is delightful with the Tower perfectly placed in the frame. Lovely light and colours, a gorgeous sky, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
mjw364 (2) 2013-06-09 15:34
interesting image and note. There are so many little details in this shot that my eye wants to explore and I want to link them all together like a jigsaw to reconstruct the ruins to how they may once have been. What amazes me about images like this of Greek ruins is that they seem to coexist next to the houses and buildings of today and they don't look out of place too much.
Great POV that provides a sense of depth and scale too.
delpeoples (56004) 2013-06-10 7:48
Che bello il tuo titolo, piena di poesia, l'ha infocato la mia imaginazione. I colori sono uno spettacolo, ben saturati ma naturali. La luce calorosa ha creato un'atmosfera primavernale. Mi piace dove hai posizionato la torre a sinistral, con le colline nel sfondo bilianciando il cornice perfettemente.
grazie per la condivisione e ti auguro un bel lunedi
ChrisJ (107083) 2013-06-10 7:57
Looks like there is alot more to see in Athens than just the Acropolis & Parthenon. Good sharpness and well composed with excellent warm cold color contrasts between the yellow red architecture and the blue sky. Punchy light contrasts and no sign of the Athenian air pollution, which is good! Tfs!
ikeharel (65141) 2013-06-10 8:06
Ancient ground in the big city, with the tower in perfect shape inspite the time passed.
Good POV chosen, the Acropolis not on picture but some of it's surrounding's are.
Fine clear shot, mingle well to modern town houses.
Didi (59654) 2013-06-10 8:26
La mesure de la lumière s'est bien ajustée sur la tour, ce qui donne un arrière plan un peut plus sombre qui met en évidence le sujet principal
Silvio1953 (133690) 2013-06-10 12:59
Ciao Ourania, favolosa luce sulla fantasica torre, magnifico cielo, gran POV, brava, ciao Silvio
fabbs99 (17129) 2013-06-11 13:07
Captivating scenery with the Tower of the Winds.
Very beautiful and pleasant-looking picture!Sharpness and colors are fantastic. Very well done.
mesutilgim (90670) 2013-06-12 10:52
Hello dear Ourania,
Very nice capture of this famous hellenic building in Athens. Very good layout and light management.
Many interesting notes as well.
TFS and best regard
Cricri (113589) 2013-06-14 11:22
Très belle présentation, bon POV, les couleurs chaudes par une très belle lumière, belle présentation
jemaflor (91223) 2013-06-19 10:23
Well framed these ruines, a composition well balanced. Nice light to give a nice tone for the stones, tfs.
Sonata11 (33717) 2013-06-19 11:11
very beautiful capture of this old architecture. Beautiful surroundings. Wonderfully executed with a nice tranquil atmosphere. I really enjoying this scenery. Awesome snapshot !!!! Tfs.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-06-29 9:56
Hello Ourania - Attractive light reveals the form of the tower of winds to great advantage. I love the tonal quality here which gives the shot a painterly look. Beautiful. Warm regards Rosemary
kordinator (20337) 2013-07-01 0:31
Nice view on one of this lovely ruins from Acropolis..
Excellent perspective, and contrast.
Good work, nice place shown.
chrisg76 (773) 2013-11-08 5:20
Γειά σου Ουρανία!
Η εικόνα σου αυτή μου ξυπνά ωραίες αναμνήσεις από την Αθήνα,
εκεί που έχω ζήσει τα περισσότερα χρόνια της ζωής μου!
Μια βόλτα στην Πλάκα και το Μοναστηράκι μου έφτιαχνε πάντα τη διάθεση!
Πλέον ζω στην επαρχία αλλά οι ομορφιές της πρωτεύουσας μου λείπουν!
Στην εικόνα σου μου αρέσει πολύ που έχεις απομονώσει κάθε τι σύγχρονο από την πόλη!
Με ταξιδεύει σε μια άλλη εποχή και αυτό μου αρκεί!
Το σημείο λήψης τονίζει όμορφα τον Πύργο των Ανέμων αλλά και τον Ιερό Βράχο!
Πολύ σημαντική και η σημείωσή σου!
Να είσαι πάντα καλά!
Καλό σου απόγευμα!
aliabazari (16091) 2014-08-22 7:55
Hi Ourania dear
The facade of the wind tower is well documented. Very beautiful shot. Well done sharpness and exposure. Thanks for sharing