Arch of Hadrian (Pili tou Adrianou), Athens

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The Arch of Hadrian (Greek: Αψίδα του Αδριανού, romanized: Apsida tou Adrianou), most commonly known in Greek as Hadrian's Gate (Greek: Πύλη του Αδριανού, romanized: Pyli tou Adrianou), 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 (arrival) 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. 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.
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  • Not that much to see. The gate itself is outside the Olimpeion site.I haven't seen any plaque saying what it is or its story.  more »
  • Given that it was dedicated around 130 AD its preservation at what we admire today is remarkable. We saw it on a few occasions including particularly evocatively in the fading evening light when...  more »
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  • I agree with some of the reviews. Nice Arch, worthy of a quick visit. Unfortunately we didn't have long, but it was nice and central, and some great photos taken. Athens is quite condensed and you can see a lot in a day. Wish we had longer, only 3 hours. Nice historical monument
  • Did not go in but did take photos from outside the iron fence. Stunning! Think: no rotary tools, no diamond studded cutting blades, no hydraulic or pneumatic tools. It not only got done it has survived two centuries. This is a GoyoGTO must see. Please consider giving me a ‘like’ for the review.

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