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Hadrian's Library, Athens

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Hadrian's Library was created by Roman Emperor Hadrian in AD 132 on the north side of the Acropolis of Athens.The building followed a typical Roman Forum architectural style, having only one entrance with a propylon of Corinthian order, a high surrounding wall with protruding niches at its long sides, an inner courtyard surrounded by columns and a decorative oblong pool in the middle. The library was on the eastern side where rolls of papyrus "books" were kept. Adjoining halls were used as reading rooms, and the corners served as lecture halls.The library was seriously damaged by the Herulian invasion of 267 and repaired by the prefect Herculius in AD 407-412. During Byzantine times, three churches were built at the site, the remains of which are preserved: a tetraconch (5th century AD)a three-aisled basilica (7th century), anda simple cathedral (12th century), which was the first cathedral of the city, known as Megali Panagia. Around the same period as the cathedral another church, Agios Asomatos sta Skalia, was built against the north facade, but it is not preserved.
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  • Have the dimensions of the columns and the judicious distribution of the remains of the buildings and the garden, the place must have been a beautiful place of culture between the trading places and places of worship. Do not forget to go to the small room as a museum where beautiful statues are exposed. There is easy access from the street that runs alongside the Monastiraki metro station. Admission €5. (included in the combined Acropolis ticket)
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  • Of Hadrian's library stands very little, and what little remains can be seen quietly from the small streets near Monastiraki square.
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  • This is a set of ruins situated within the Monastiraki District. It is also part of the multi-site ticket which you can purchase. If it wasn't part of that ticket, I'm not sure we would have gone to s...  read more »
  • The site was closed when I tried visiting so you can only take pictures behind the fence. Doesn't look like there's much to see. It looks cool, but it doesn't seem accessible.
  • Another essential point to visit on an Athens trip.
  • Pieces of relics scattered all over the garden, must have been a very beautiful place back then
  • Hadrian´s library is a place you should definitely visit. It is in the centre of the historical centre and opposite Monastiraki metro / train station. However, for me the information provided on the signs is not adequate. I needed more. So, study a bit before you visit this, remember that the first Sunday of every month it is free (for the time being) and that the entrance is unfortunately closed after 3. Yes, so early!
  • It's a beautiful place to visit
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