Arch of Hadrian, Athens

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Arch of Hadrian (Hadrian's Gate) is an arched gate in Athens, Greece. The gateway formerly spanned an ancient road that travelled from the centre of the city to the east of the city. The origins of the arch have never been confirmed but it is thought that it was built in 131/132 AD to honour the arrival of Roman Emperor Hadrian. The arch stands at a height of 18m and was made out of marble with Classical styling. The arch has a couple of inscriptions, one on either side which read "This is Athens, the ancient city of Theseus" and "This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus".

Getting there

The arch is situated near the Acropolis of Athens. You can get there by taking the metro to the ‘Acropolis’ stop which is a short walk away. The 2, 4 and 11 buses stop close to the arch.

Opening Times and Admission

The arch is situated in a public area, it is free to visit at any hour of any day. Although it is best visited in daylight.

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  • Leoforos Vasilisis Amalias 50, Athina 105 58, Greece
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