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HADRIAN'S ARCH

HADRIAN'S ARCH
Amalias Ave, Athens
10432, Athens
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HADRIAN'S ARCH
This was built by the Athenians in honor of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who was a friend of the city of Athens. Hadrian himself passed under this glorious arch to attend the inauguration of the Temple of Olympian Zeus. The Corinthian style gate marked the border of the old city of Athens in relation of the new district that Hadrian built. On the east frieze, and under the arch, one can still see today the inscription "ΑΙΔ' ΕIΣΙΝ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΥ ΚΟΥΧI ΘΗΣΕΩΣ ΠΟΛΙΣ" ("This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus"). On the west side of the gate, the inscription says "ΑΙΔ' ΕIΣΙΝ ΑΘΗΝΑΙ ΘΗΣΕΩΣ Η ΠΡΙΝ ΠΟΛΙΣ" ("This is Athens, the ancient city of Theseus.")