Hadrian’s library, Athens

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Hadrian’s Library isn’t just a library; it’s also a cultural complex housing music and lectures. It was constructed in 132 CE by the emperor Hadrian, organized as a typical Roman forum having only one entrance, a high surrounding wall with protruding niches at its long sides, an inner courtyard surrounded by columns, and a decorative oblong pool in the middle.

It essentially functioned as Athens’ civic center in Roman times, while the nearby Roman Agora was the central market. Hadrian was Roman emperor from 117 to 138, however, he had a particular fondness for the city of Athens and constructed all manner of big projects here — like the Library.



Accessibility Level

Accessibility Level – High

Approx. Duration

1-2 Hours Tour, Half-day Tour

Min. Price

Free to 6 Euros

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General Info


Hadrian’s Library, Areos, Athens, Greece

Estimated Duration

1 – 4 hours

Spoken Languages

Greek (formal), English


230V, 50Hz

Local Currency


Recommended Age Groups

Kids, Teens, Adults, Seniors


Full: 6 Euros, Reduced: 3 Euros

Free admission days:

  • 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)

  • 18 April (International Monuments Day)

  • 18 May (International Museums Day)

  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)

  • 28 October

  • Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st

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