Weather Cocks - Where did they originate?
In the ninth century A.D., the pope reportedly decreed that every church in Europe should show a cock on its dome or steeple, as a reminder of Jesus' prophecy that the cock would not crow the morning after the Last Supper until the disciple Peter had denounced Him three times (Luke 22:34). Because of this story, "weather cocks" have topped church steeples for centuries, both in Europe and in America. The 11th century Bayeux Tapestry even includes a scene of a craftsman attaching a rooster vane to the spire of the Westminster Abbey.
The Tower of the Winds is an ancient octagonal shaped tower made from marble situated in the Roman Agora in Athens.
Known as a "horologian" or timepiece it was perhaps, the forerunner of modern clock towers topped by a weather vane that grace many town centres today.
This fascinating and complex structure celebrated the element of wind and also incorporated sundials and a water clock. It's remarkably sophisticated design is a testament to the skill and ingenuity of the ancient Greek culture.