Hadrian's Library was created by Roman Emperor Hadrian in AD 132 on the north side of the Acropolis of Athens.
The building followed a typical Roman forum architectural style, having only one entrance with a propylon of Corinthian order, a high surrounding wall with protruding niches (oikoi, exedrae) at its long sides, an inner courtyard surrounded by columns and a decorative oblong pool in the middle. The library was on the eastern side where rolls of papyrus "books" were kept. Adjoining halls were used as reading rooms, and the corners served as lecture halls.
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Eliska Slobodova | Dec 18, 2017
One of the best things about great conquerors like Hadrian is the number of beautiful remnants that left. And the library built by the former Roman emperor is definitely one of them. One can only imagine piles of papyrus rolls and... well.... :) Definitely worth visiting not only if you have it on the way to Acropolis. It's "only" 2EUR outside season and 4 during the season - if visiting during the high season and plan more sites/museums, consider buying the combined pass for 30Eur. Stray dogs and cats as you can see in the photo are a natural part of Greece, so no worries. Toilets on site.
Milo Cridge | Dec 21, 2017
A cute library with some history dating back to the Roman era. You have to pay to enter which isn't entirely necessary in my opinion. Also, be aware of a gang of men "giving away" wristbands in this area, on multiple occasions over the span of three days they harassed me and my partner when we walked near them trying to give us a wristband but coming across in a very threatening and scary manner, grabbing my partner by the wrist at one point.
Steph RP | Feb 12, 2018
Interesting archaeological site right near Monastiraki Square...keep an eye out for the wild tortoises!
Piotr Polinceusz | Feb 8, 2018
Wonderfull object entrance 4€ if you are on pHd must see colection of book :-p
Ikram Ahmed | Jan 31, 2018
It's ok .It's not bad .I enjoy this time. Thank you very much
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