Library Of HadrianCurrently Closed
- Address: Hadrian's Library, Areos 3, Τ.Κ. 105 55, Athens, Monastiraki, Greece
- Timings: 08:00 am - 03:00 pm Details
- Phone: +30-213249350
- Ticket Price: 2 EUR
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
The Roman Emperor Hadrian who conquered Athens is what the Hadrian’s library is named after. This ruin that used to house a very important cultural collection is still a place of great importance to the city. It lies towards the north of the Acropolis area and you will be able to see it during a tour of the same.
Many of the columns still stand strong while a few byzantine chapels can also be seen around the place. Even though it has been damaged, the ancient portico is a must see. A definite must see from the architecture-point-of-view, do put Hadrian’s library on your Athens list.
- You can take a combined ticket for all the archeologically important sights and it will prove to be a much cheaper option.
- Ticket price is given in case you want to see only this attraction. This site comes under the Acropolis area so you need not pay extra if you’ve bought the Acropolis ticket.
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5.91% of people who visit Athens include Library Of Hadrian in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
58.57% of people start their Library Of Hadrian visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Library Of Hadrian
86.89% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Library Of Hadrian
Hadrian’s Library was constructed circa 132-134 CE as part of Roman Emperor Hadrian’s grand re-building plan for the city. The library was the largest in Athens and with its columned facade and high surrounding walls, built to impress. The building was used to store important literary works and legal and administrative documents as well as offer a place to hear lectures and host various philosophical schools. I wish it was reserved better.. However highly recommended for history lovers to take a look
To be honest I expected more. But it's okay when you have the ticket for everything. Otherwise all you need to see you can see from outside.
Emperor Hadrian ruled the Roman Empire from 117 to 138 AD and was an ardent admirer of Greek culture. He dreamt of making Athens great again, or at least the cultural capital of the Roman Empire. So during his visits he initiated several building projects, including the construction of a large library. Little did he know that a few clicks later it would become the armpit of mass tourism thanks to a culturally diverse hodgepodge of made-in-sweatshops-trinkets-from-the-Shenzhen-area mongers preying on the daily hoards of souvenir-hogging migrants disguised as tourists.
It is situated on the foothills of Acropolis and is the first structure one encounters while climbing to see Acropolis. Good site for taking pictures, nothing much to offer. Better to buy a combined ticket of 30€ for all sites to save the waiting time at Acropolis.
Cost is €4. Not much to see. A couple walls and a few pillars of what was once, supposedly, a great library. A pass to see multiple sites is €30.