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Hadrian's Arch

Erected in honor of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century A.D, the monumental gateway of Hadrian’s Arch remains one of the most striking remnants of ancient Athens. Located on the ancient road between the Athenian Agora and the Olympieion, the elaborate structure was supposedly built to honor the arrival of Hadrian in 131 AD.

The Arch, standing in front of the once magnificent Temple of Olympian Zeus (the Olympieion), formed a symbolic gateway between the old city district and the new Roman-built city, erected by Hadrian. Notably, two inscriptions feature on the sides of the arch: the western side, looking onto the old city reads ‘ This is Athens, the ancient city of Theseus’ and the eastern side, facing the Olympieion, reads ‘This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus’. The exact meaning of the latter phrase is hotly disputed – some say it is simply naming the new city as that of Hadrian; others insist it was a deliberate contradiction of the former statement, indicating that the entire city was now ruled by Hadrian.

Today the main structure of Hadrian’s Arch remains remarkably preserved and is one of the most popular attractions of modern Athens. Towering at a height of 18 meters, the fully symmetrical Roman-style arch is an impressive sight – sculpted entirely from Pentelic marble, adorned with Ionic architraves and crowned with a row of Corinthian columns and pilasters.

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Private Tour: Half day Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum, Athens, null
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Private Tour: Half day Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum

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Take a private tour of the ancient city of Athens with a personal guide. You will visit the Acropolis, icon of Athens perched on its plateau, and walk to ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.78
Athens Half Day Private Tour, Athens, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Athens Half Day Private Tour

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Explore Athens with a Half Day Private tour with English speaking driver. A well designed and organized sightseeing tour in Athens is the perfect way to get to ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.23
Acropolis and City tour and the Ancient Agora and the Attalos Museum, Athens, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Acropolis and City tour and the Ancient Agora and the Attalos Museum

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The perfect combination tour including an Athens City tour, a visit to the Acropolis & all its famous monuments, as well as to the fascinating Ancient ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.67
Half-Day Walking Tour of Athens Historic Center, Athens, Cultural Tours
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Half-Day Walking Tour of Athens Historic Center

Explore the birthplace of drama, modern democracy and philosophy. Follow in the footsteps left by the ancients. Join in this 4-hour private walking tour of ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.55
Essential Athens Highlights: Private Half Day Tour, Athens, Walking Tours
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Essential Athens Highlights: Private Half Day Tour

Experience one awe-inspiring site after another on this 4-hour private walking tour of Athens with a personal guide. Suitable for experienced travelers and ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.65
Small-Group Athens Neoclassical Tour with Greek Snack, Athens, Custom Private Tours
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Small-Group Athens Neoclassical Tour with Greek Snack

Put on your sneakers and get ready for a walking tour in Neoclassical Athens, full of emotions and memorable images. This small-group tour is ideal for ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.39
Athens Tour, Athens, Walking Tours
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Athens Tour

Athens is a great city of contrasts, old and new, antiquity next to modern.  In this 5-hour private tour, your driver will take you to visit the Acropolis, ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $279.78
Private Full Day Athens Photography Tour, Athens, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Full Day Athens Photography Tour

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Discover hidden treasures of Ancient Greece in an Athens Photo Tour, by walking the city streets. This f ull day private Athens photography tour is an ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $227.25
Athens Full Day Tour with Lunch, Athens, Photography Tours
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Athens Full Day Tour with Lunch

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From the Acropolis to Omonia Square, you'll see with this full day trip all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens. Offering a perfect overview of the ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $131.32
Athens City Highlights Segway Tour, Athens, Full-day Tours
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Athens City Highlights Segway Tour

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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 ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.38

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