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 – High
1-2 Hours Tour, Half-day Tour
Free to 6 Euros
Hadrian’s Library, Areos, Athens, Greece
1 – 4 hours
Greek (formal), English
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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