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The Arch of Hadrian is a typical roman triumph arch that was the gateway between Acropolis(that is 300m away) and the Temple of Olympian Zeus (you can see what?s left of it at the back side of the arch) and marked the line of the ancient city wall. The arch was built in 131A.D. in honor of the roman emperor Hadrian (76-138) when he visited Athens (he was a great benefactor of the city already). He travelled a lot anyway but he was known as philhellene and he toured through out Greece many times, attending Eleusinian Mysteries and Dionysia.

The gate was made by Pentelic marble (like most structures in Athens including Parthenon). It?s 18m high in symmetrical design and you can clearly see the Corinthian columns topping the arch.
For many years it was under construction because the pollution has damaged part of the stone and many were afraid that it?s gonna collapse.

Anyway back to the gate now, there were two inscriptions written on the gate pointing out the key role of the gate:
?This is Athens, the ancient city of Theseus?
"This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus"

I like to pass by the Arch from time to time and even at night it looks nice, that's why sometimes I walk there instead taking a bus to Syntagma square...

Directions: Just a few meters from National Garden at Amalias Avenue

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  • Updated Feb 16, 2015
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Comments (3)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Somehow the arch looks a bit lost in modern Athens.

    • mindcrime's Profile Photo
      Dec 21, 2015 at 9:52 AM

      indeed, the city was a bit different back then anyway when the temple of Zeus must have been a collosal structure comparing to the regular houses

  • Odiseya's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2015 at 2:36 AM

    Nice! Hadrian was great traveler.

  • adema29's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    It is a really strange design. First time when I see this "model" of a roman triumphal arch.

    • mindcrime's Profile Photo
      Nov 14, 2015 at 11:46 AM

      indeed, especially the shape of the upper level that doesn't allow the mounting of major decoration on top (eg.statues or/and chariot)

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