Fun facts about the weathervane
A weathervane may seem to be purely utilitarian—simply a tool for pointing out the direction of the wind. Every ancient civilization had their own version mounted on the highest point in town.
As weathervanes became known as prominently visible architectural landmarks, they became a popular decorative ornament as well. And because weathervanes were mounted on the highest point of a building, they were often on top of a cupola, which is a small structure on the roof that provided a lookout or ventilation.
One of the oldest weathervanes in history sat atop the Tower of the Winds in Athens, Greece and dates back to around 50 BC. The beautiful bronze sculpture of a man with the tail of a fish was used to track weather conditions, but it was also designed to pay tribute to the sea god Triton.
One of the most popular weathervane images is the rooster. Many Christian churches, such as the Old St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, have rooster weather vanes on the orders of Pope Nicholas I. In the ninth century, he declared that every church should have a rooster on top to remind the congregants that Peter denied Jesus three times before the cock crowed.
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