Troup Square Est. 1851
Named in honor of George McIntosh Troup, an United States Senator and Governor of Georgia. In the middle of the square is the fascinating Armillary Sphere, a sphere held up by six tortoises. Originally invented by the Greeks and used to track celestial orbits, armillary spheres were also used by ancient astronomers to show the recurrence of equinoxes and solstices. This Armillary Sphere statue was designed in 1968 with zodiac signs around the sphere and functions as a sundial.