Hadrian's Library

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Hadrian's Library
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Neighbourhood: Monastiraki
Monastiraki is a souvenir-hunting enclave with a difference. Apart from the dramatic backdrop of the Acropolis, its network of alleys and pedestrianized streets surround the remains of both the Greek and Roman agoras, adding the quaint concept that this is where the ancients also came to shop. Named after the tiny monastery church at its center, Monastiraki Square is a lively spot by day or night, with street peddlers vying for your attention to sell you nuts and sweets. Down beside the metro station, the official Flea Market is an unbroken row of souvenir shops until you come to antique-oriented Platia Avissinias, while Pandrossou Street on the other side of the square offers more tourist shopping. The pedestrianized street beside the Greek Agora is lined with cafés offering fine views.
How to get there
  • Monastiraki • 1 min walk
  • Thissio • 6 min walk
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Brianngog
Cyprus6,923 contributions
Couples
We had purchased the Combo Ticket which allowed one visit to each of Seven of the Main Architectural Attractions in Athens and so paid a visit to Hadrians Library located in the Monisteraki District. Very well preserved as it goes and gives you an insight into the life and times back in the day. Well worth a visit to get yet more knowledge about the Athenians who lived in that era.
Written 2 August 2022
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AeronauticalEngineer
Irvine, CA1,747 contributions
Family
Visited Hadrians Library in July 2022. Cool historical site to walk through. You can even see it from outside through the fence if you don't want to pay to walk inside. If you have the multi-site ticket you can enter the site. Time spent here was about 30 minutes. Overall nice place to visit.
Written 24 July 2022
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Yadhiraj
Ernakulam, India128 contributions
Solo
Well visited this place as I had the combo ticket, otherwise wouldn't have bothered as one can see most of it from outside. The place would take barely 20mins to explore.
Written 23 July 2022
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JJOH
Doha, Qatar665 contributions
Originally a huge building and so big they were able to build a church inside it. You do need a bit if imagination to work out what the various buildings might have looked like but for those of us who like such things it’s wellworth a visit
Written 11 July 2022
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK6,11,821 contributions
Friends
Created by Roman Emperor Hadrian in AD 132 ,this is a really great example of Roman forum architecture .
I loved the impressive columns ,the layout of the structure is fascinating and for me personally the history attached to this building is awesome ,I agree with previous reviewers about the fact you can see more or less the same buildings and artefacts through the fence that surrounds this site than actually paying in ,this is what I chose to do ,it's most definitely an historic site to check out if you're in the area or planning to visit Athens and easy to locate along Areos.
Written 11 July 2022
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK5,706 contributions
Quite a small site compared to many of the ancient city sites we have visited. As a stand alone attraction it was interesting with the building frontage and an impressive arch but not striking. If you don’t have a combination ticket for all the major sites or aren’t inclined to pay, similar views are possible through the fence towards the main frontage which is the best view.
Written 8 July 2022
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Reviewer092
Brighton, UK120 contributions
Only worth going if you have a Multi pass ticket, otherwise you'll get pretty much the same experience by walking around the site. It has railings around it and you can see right through, there's nothing to read of interest at the site so you don't loose anthig by not going in (just read your guide book/web page) (6Euros without a pass, about 20 mins)
Written 1 June 2022
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MrMrsHappyR
Liverpool, UK946 contributions
Couples
Although we only seen this from outside the gates it is a spectacular monument in the heart of the Monastiraki area. Looks very well preserved and maintained. You can almost imagine what it would have been like in 132AD.
Written 30 May 2022
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Harrison F. Carter
Cologne, Germany10,600 contributions
Worth a little peep from the outside, from the streets alongside and above, but didn't feel the need to wander around inside and amongst.
Written 5 March 2022
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Vikki G
Peterborough, Canada151 contributions
The reviews on this site were not the best so we walked around the outside from city centre. You can see a majority of the ruins from the other side of the fence.

At night it is light up beautifully and is a lovely to see.
Written 28 February 2022
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