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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-08-18

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Tsipras, Yildirim discuss refugees, energy, future meetings in phone call
  • [02] Tower of the Winds opens to public for the first time after restoration

  • [01] Tsipras, Yildirim discuss refugees, energy, future meetings in phone call

    Future bilateral meetings and cooperation on the refugee issue, transport and energy were discussed in a phone call between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Turkish counterpart, Binali Yildirim, initiated by the latter.

    According to a press release by the prime minister's office, the two leaders also discussed issues of judicial cooperation.

    [02] Tower of the Winds opens to public for the first time after restoration

    The 2,000-year-old Tower of the Winds, a landmark standing inside the Roman agora in the old Athens neigbourhood of Plaka, is now open for visitors after undergoing major restoration, the Culture ministry said in a press release.

    The tower, built around 50 B.C. by Greek astronomer Andronikos of Cyrrhus, is 12 meters in height and 7.9 meters in diameter, has an octagonal shape and served as a timepiece. It was made of white Pentelic marble, the same used to build the Parthenon. In antiquity, it was also topped by a weathervane depicting Triton who indicated the wind direction.

    Each of the tower's sides faces a point of the compass and is decorated by friezes depicting the eight wind deities: Boreas (N), Kaikias (NE), Eurus (E), Apeliotes (SE), Notus (S), Lips (SW), Zephyrus (W), and Skiron (NW).

    Restoration started on the outside walls of the marble structure in 2014, but the interior had been closed for the better part of Greece's modern history, the ministry said. The conservation project was supported by EU funds.


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