Hadrian’s Arch, Athens

The first monument I sighted in Athens was the Hadrian’s Arch! A monument dating back to 132 AD, that is almost 2000 years! It was overwhelming! What I didn’t know then was that this was just the beginning! Mind blowing, awe inspiring stuffs lined up in Athens and in many more parts of Greece! History says the arch was built to celebrate the arrival of Roman Emperor Hadrian to Athens. Arch of Hadrian was made on an ancient street that connected ancient Athens to Temple of Olympian Zeus. The two inscriptions on the arch, facing in opposite directions mention both Theseus and Hadrian as founders of Athens. The remains of wall painting suggest that it was a part of Christian church in the middle ages. A plaque there mentions: It was converted into a gate of the defence wall around Athens and was known as “Princess Gate”.

You can approach it from Syntagma Square or from Acropolis as you go towards Temple of Zeus. There it continues to stand tall and broad silently watching centuries pass by as a symbol of Athen’s grandeur.

The view from road got several vehicles in to the frame. The view from Temple of Zeus’ side was better. Thankfully the sky was clear and it looked majestic against the bright blue sky, the photographers around too took full advantage of the photo opportunity. The best part is no charges for viewing it, it is free.

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22 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    beautiful old relics!

  2. Sylvia K says:

    And beautiful captures of beautiful old relics, Indrani!! Thanks for the memories! I do love Greece!! Have a lovely weekend!!

  3. eileeninmd says:

    It is a beautiful arch..Wonderful photos from your trip! Greece is on my bucket list. Have a happy weekend!

  4. Well it figures that the skies over Greece would be gorgeous. Love your photos.

  5. ladyfi says:

    Gorgeous blue skies and a lovely bit of history.

  6. The arch is huge and beautiful. It seems amazing that it has withstood time so elegantly.

  7. Thomas Lee says:

    Wow! Only the unique arch left

  8. Wow! I love the costumes and arts of ancient Greece and I still remember how I loved teaching them to my students. You have helped me to know more about Greece 🙂 Thanks a lot!
    TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  9. Just from the photos, I'm overwhelmed with the arch's size and beauty. Wow!

  10. Beautifully captured Indrani 🙂

  11. Great images of the arch against that beautiful blue sky. Like the details you captured…

  12. Interesting Read….Well narrated…

  13. Linda says:

    Looks like a fantastic sight to see.

  14. Jeevan says:

    The potent of the arched structure is quite impressive! Glad the sky opens up to great photo opportunity. Excellent

  15. Beautiful post! It is a sheer thrill to witness such ancient edifices. I dream of visiting Greece some day. Thanks for a glimpse 🙂

  16. It's surely built to last. Beautiful blue sky.

  17. D.Nambiar says:

    Impressive structure with some age-old charm.
    I'm desperate to see all that you saw during your Greece-tour. Have a good week, Indrani.

  18. Wow. Good for you, the clear skies did give us these wonderful pics 🙂

  19. As usual great post !

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