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Preplanned City Guides and Travel Itineraries

Hadrian's Library

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

Hadrian's Library features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Athens City Guide5-day Athens City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Typical Roman Forum architectural style

Time required: 20 minutes


Ticket type Charge
General: Free

Public transport:

  • Green Metro Line: Monastiraki station

Address: Aiolou and Diogenous, Monastiraki

Things you need to know:

  • Roman Emperor Hadrian built this luxurious library in AD 132 on the north side of the Acropolis
  • It followed the architectural style of a typical Roman Forum. It had one entrance with high walls surrounding a courtyard
  • The showy central courtyard took up much of the space. It was decorated with mosaic floors, marble, gardens and a pool. Fancy Corinthian columns surrounded the central area
  • Along with the library, the building accomodated lecture rooms, music rooms and a theatre
  • Later the library was seriously damaged in military invasions. Thanks to extensive excavation and restorations, part of the site survived
  • Other highlights: remains of three temples erected during Byzantine times

What to do there:

  • Discover the ruins of the library

Hadrian's Library features in these preplanned City Guides: