The Arch of Hadrian, most commonly known in Greek as Hadrian's Gate, 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 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 or another Greek group were responsible for its construction and design. 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.Construction and designMaterial and designThe entire monument is made of Pentelic marble, from Mt. Pentelikon, 18.2 km northeast of the arch. Pentelic marble was used for the Parthenon and many other notable structures in Athens, although its quality can vary significantly. The marble used for the arch is of a lower grade that had more inclusions than that used in the best Athenian buildings. The arch was constructed without cement or mortar from solid marble, using clamps to connect the cut stones. It is 18m high, 13.5m wide, and 2.3m in depth. Its design is fully symmetrical from front to back and side to side.Make Arch of Hadrian (Pili tou Adrianou) part of your personalized Athens itinerary using our Athens trip itinerary planner .
Tours to Arch of Hadrian (Pili tou Adrianou)
Athens Scenic Bike Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $40
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Full Day Private Tour: Essential Athens Highlights plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $56
Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Best of Athens Private Tour: Ancient and Modern Times BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $18
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Arch of Hadrian (Pili tou Adrianou) Reviews
è la porta che si trova per strada e che da' praticamente al giadino di zeus, il tmpio dedicato al dio del cielo, il dio degli dèi! purtroppo non rimane molto del suo tempio more »It is the door that is in the street and that gives practically to the jar of Zeus, the Tmpio dedicated to the god of heaven, the god of the gods! Unfortunately there is not much left of his temple
Makkelijk te bereiken en een mooie tussenstop tussen de nationale tuin en de wijk Plaka. De Tempel van Zeus ligt er vlak naast more »Easy to reach and a nice stopover between the national garden and the Plaka area. The Temple of Zeus is right next to
It is one of the main meeting point. It is always crowded and mant people are waiting the others. So many shops around it and it offers an amazing view to the sea and also to the hill at the back. It is of course also part of the important history.
A historical site, just near to the centre. It is quite amazing that, it's almost 3000 years old, and.. still................ It's standing. Sometimes, these monuments make me believe... There might be aliens, helping human....... Or they were more advanced then us..😂😂
Places to stay near Arch of Hadrian (Pili tou Adrianou)
Plan your trip to Athens
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
View all >
Hidden gems in Athens
Side trips from Athens
View all >
Nearby attractions in Athens
Plans to Arch of Hadrian (Pili tou Adrianou) by other users
17 days in Athens, Fira & Paros BY A USER FROM CANADA August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in Athens BY A USER FROM BRAZIL July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Athens BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in Zakynthos Town & Athens BY A USER FROM CROATIA August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in Athens BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in Athens BY A USER FROM EGYPT October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium