Arch of Hadrian (Pili tou Adrianou), Athens

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The Arch of Hadrian, most commonly known in Greek as Hadrian's Gate, is a monumental gateway resembling – in some respects – a Roman triumphal arch. It spanned an ancient road from the center of Athens, Greece, to the complex of structures on the eastern side of the city that included the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It has been proposed that the arch was built to celebrate the adventus of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and to honor him for his many benefactions to the city, on the occasion of the dedication of the nearby temple complex in 131 or 132 AD. It is not certain who commissioned the arch, although it is probable that the citizens of Athens or another Greek group were responsible for its construction and design. There were two inscriptions on the arch, facing in opposite directions, naming both Theseus and Hadrian as founders of Athens. While it is clear that the inscriptions honor Hadrian, it is uncertain whether they refer to the city as a whole or to the city in two parts: one old and one new. The early idea, however, that the arch marked the line of the ancient city wall, and thus the division between the old and the new regions of the city, has been shown to be false by further excavation. The arch is located 325m southeast of the Acropolis.Construction and designMaterial and designThe entire monument is made of Pentelic marble, from Mt. Pentelikon, 18.2 km northeast of the arch. Pentelic marble was used for the Parthenon and many other notable structures in Athens, although its quality can vary significantly. The marble used for the arch is of a lower grade that had more inclusions than that used in the best Athenian buildings. The arch was constructed without cement or mortar from solid marble, using clamps to connect the cut stones. It is 18m high, 13.5m wide, and 2.3m in depth. Its design is fully symmetrical from front to back and side to side.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Built on the occasion of his coming and in honor of Hadrian, this arch today isolated in a contemporary urban landscape summarizes well enough Athens, huge juxtaposition of ancient and modern buildings sometimes. To see by the way.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Adrian d Ark was built in his honor following his visit. It consists of a small arc of triumph, in the Roman style, with a light superstructure of columns. Do if you pass by the.
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  • August 13, 2017
    The Arch of Hadrian is located in the heart of Athens. See it in detail, to the Temple of Zeus, which lies immediately behind.
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  • July 3, 2017
    Roman so not an old piece like those on the Acropolis. It's nothing to get excited about.
  • June 7, 2017
    From the point of view of someone who doesn't know how to appreciate architecture (me), it was very underwhelming... 😂 but it's nice that you can see the acropolis through the arch.
  • May 19, 2017
    Nice Arch, nothing More. The idea of the location is to let the people that exit the 'new' city to look at the past of the Acropolis through the gate. Tip- More importent, it's the starting point of the "Athens Free Tour" which We attanded and Enjoyed very much (ask for Sam), every Day at 09:45 or 17:00.
  • May 17, 2017
    Monumental gateway in the form of a Roman triumphal arch built in 131-132 AD. It is located in front of the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It is quick and free stop.
  • May 5, 2017
    Beautiful open space in the middle of town, and the arch serves as a great marker for where to walk into the Plaka! Or for where to have a cab meet you.

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