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Hadrian's Arch

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Hadrian's Arch.

Hadrian's Arch features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Athens City Guide5-day Athens City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Monumental gateway

Time required: 10 minutes

Public transport:

  • Red Metro Line: Akropoli station

Address: Leoforos Amalias Street, Athens

Photos: (see more photos)

Photo: tiseb

Things you need to know:

  • Hadrian's Arch is a monumental gateway southeast of the Acropolis. It reminds of a Roman triumphal arch
  • The arch stood on a road that connected Athens' city center and the site of the Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Citizens of Athens built the arch to honor Roman Emperor Hadrian for his many benefactions to Athens (e.g. finishing Temple of Olympian Zeus)
  • The monument was erected in 132 AD. It is made of Pentelic marble
  • It bears two inscriptions: "This is Athens, once the city of Theseus" (facing east towards the old city) and "This is Hadrian's, and not Theseus's city" (facing west toward the new city)

What to do there:

  • Admire the 2nd-century gate and try to read the two inscriptions on it

Hadrian's Arch features in these preplanned City Guides: