Hadrian’s Arch

Hadrian’s Arch was built in 131 AD by Roman emperor Hadrian, who contributed greatly to the city during his reign. At the time it was built, it separated the “old” city and the “new” city of Athens.

Hadrian’s Arch in Athens, Greece

Hadrian’s Arch

An inscription on the side of the arch facing the Acropolis and the Plaka area reads “This is Athens, the former city of Theseus”. The other side, facing the Temple of Olympian Zeus, reads “This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus”.

Hadrian’s Arch is free and open to the public 24 hours a day. There are beautiful views of the Acropolis and of the Temple of Olympian Zeus from the arch.

Hadrian's Arch in Athens, Greece

Hadrian’s Arch

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