Hadrian's Arch (Πύλη του Αδριανού) stands on the ... More
Hadrian's Arch (Πύλη του Αδριανού) stands on the corner of Amalias and Vassilissis Olgas avenues, right next to the Temple of Olympian Zeus. This tall marble structure was once the city gate connecting the original town of Athens (what is now Plaka) with the Roman quarters. Each side of the arch features an inscription to be read by people passing through. The inscription on the west side facing the Acropolis reads "This is Athens, the ancient city of Theseus," while the other one reads "This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus."
I expected Hadrian's Arch to be in a secluded area, where you could soak up the history of this and other buildings in the vicinity. Instead I found it right next to a busy road, with little or no atmosphere.
One of the most romantic spots in Greece can be found south of Athens at Cape Sounion. The ruins of
an ancient temple built on a cliff top offer spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and a picture perfect ...
One of the most unusual landmarks of the old town of Plaka is a cyclical marble tower, the Lysicrates' Monument
... του ... constructed in the 4th century BC. On top of the tower stood a bronze tripod awarded ...
The decision to move the capital of the young Greek state to Athens in 1834 made it imperative to build
a large new cathedral here. Construction started in 1839 and was completed in 1863. Since that time, this imposing ...