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Above the ancient road leading from the Acropolis to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, aka Olympieion, a two-story triumphal arch was erected in 131-132 A.D., marking the boundary between the old city of Athens and the new city. The Athenian Neapolis stretches under the Zappeion and the National Gardens. To date archaeological excavations to the site have located luxurious mansions, baths, and a gymnasium.
The monument was erected in 131-132 A.D. in honor of Roman Emperor Hadrian, a benefactor of the city of Athens, as a triumphal arch, and in order to embellish the -then- new district of Athens, constructed mostly during his rule and bearing his name, Hadrianopolis (City of Hadrian), which began just where the ancient city of Theseus ended.
The monument is an isolated gateway, 13.5 m. (44 ft.) broad, 2.5 m. thick and 18 m. (59 ft.) high, with an arched 6 m. (20 ft.) wide passage. It was originally ornamented with two pilasters of the Corinthian order of architecture and their bases and capitals may still be partly seen; their architraves are almost intact, especially the one facing the city. Above the entablature rises a Corinthian portico with three window-like openings formerly filled with thin marble slabs and probably ornamented with statues, similar to the Philopappos Monument.
The central opening is surmounted with a pediment. The corner pilasters 0,88 m. wide, with a simple base are not channeled and their capitals, continued as cornices with small faces are of a composite shape. The gateway stood at the end of a street leading to the NW towards the impressive Temple of Olympian Zeus.
|Athens National Gardens Segway Tour |
See the sights of modern and ancient Athens on a 2-hour Segway tour, led by a local guide! On your self-balancing electric Segway, glide through the city streets, stopping by famous monuments to hear tales about this charismatic city. Admire sights of the Acropolis of Athens, visit Zappeion Gardens, and then see top Athens' attractions like Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Zeus, the First Olympic Stadium and more!
Very close to Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, we recommend The Athens Gate Hotel, an Airport Hotel known for its friendly service and its strategic location. There is a bar/restaurant on the top floor, offering grand views of the city and where you can take your breakfast, or use room service. There is also a bar in the reception area serving coffee, drinks and light snacks all day. All the front rooms have a view of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and 6th and 7th floor rear rooms, on request basis and upon availability, offer stunning views of the Acropolis. All units are equipped with a 27-inch LCD flat-screen TV.
The Founders of the Western World: A History of Greece and Rome
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