Hadrian's Library

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Johnpro Johnpro
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Hadrian’s Library Jan 02, 2012
History and review : Next to Monastiraki square and just a little west of the Roman Agora you will find Hadrian’s Library, built in 132 AD by the Roman Emperor.

The rectangular building of the library comprises a Corinthian propylon on the west side, an open peristyle courtyard, three projecting conches (apse or semi dome of an apse) on each of the long sides, a library, study and lecture halls. It was destroyed by the Herulae in 267 AD and was subsequently incorporated into the late roman fortification wall.

It was repaired by the Roman eparchus Herculius in 412 and in the 5th century the quatrefoil building of the early Christian church was constructed in the center of the peristyle court. After its destruction, a three-aisled basilica was erected on its ruins in the 7th century, which was in turn superseded by the single-ailed church of Megali Panaghia, in the 11th century. During the Turkish occupation it became the seat of the Voevode (Governor) and in 1835, the barracks of King Otto were erected in the place of the Voevodalik.

Helpful Links : Ministry of Culture and Tourism!


What around : Acropoli , Kerameikos , Plaka , Monastiraki and many other sights if you see my Athens reviews :).

How to go : Next to Monastiraki square , Metro @ Monastiraki station !

Tips :

Opening hours and tickets :

Summer (01/04-31/10) ,08:00-17:30 daily

Winter (01/11-31/03) , 08:30-15:00 daily

Normal 2 Euro , Reduced 1 Euro (Day ticket for all archaeological entries , must be 12 entrances and cost 12euro include Hardian’s library ). The prices @ 2011

In public museums there are certain days when admission is free for all visitors:

every Sunday from 1 November to 31 March

Free admission for:

University students from Greece and the E.U.

the first Sunday of April, May, June and October or the second if the first happens to

be a holiday

• 6 March – Melina Mercouri Day

• 18 April – World Monument Day

• 5 June – World Environment Day

P.s. I make the review like a small guide ! I know is more better and easier to read ! If you ask me what I like ? I like all of them and love to be a tourist in my city :)

I am not Historical or a Guide , just explore my city :) . For extra informations contact with me :).

The photos are mixed from different visits from 2009-2012 !
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spocklogic says:
It's a controversial topic - this business of antiquities and ownership. Famous museums argue that they promote scientific research on these objects, and having them in places like London, Paris, and New York allows millions of people to enjoy and visit them. Others argue that it's important for countries to have the objects that reflect their heritage & history in their own museums. The biggest problem may be that if museums begin giving things back, then the floodgates are open for everyone, but some governments are still too unstable and irresponsible. As an example, look at what the Taliban did to Buddha statues in Afghanistan.
Posted on: Mar 09, 2012
Johnpro says:
Thank you Brian for your comment :)
You will open a big conversation ! So in few !
If you look all over the world museums , houses , private collections you will find most of the stolen pieces ! Many archaic civilizations have this problem as you know :)
Yes was really great library and post some photo figures as it was ! Hope so to do an other and bigger reconstruction to the future !
Posted on: Mar 09, 2012
spocklogic says:
A small erection doesn't get the job done - definitely need a bigger one! It must have quite a nice library back in the day of Hadrian. It's always a shame to hear such places of Human knowledge get destroyed.
Posted on: Mar 08, 2012
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