Monday, December 3, 2012
Hadrian's Arch and Temple of the Olympian Zeus
I asked what it was of a tourist taking a picture of a pretty oriental girl. He was Australian and didn't know what it was either. At the Temple of the Olympian Zeus I learned this was Hadrians' Gate. I enjoyed the Temple of the Olympian Zeus grounds and Corinthian columns, taking some self portraits with the columns behind. A temple to the worship of Zeus had been here since the early 6th century BC. Roman Emperor Hadrian, during his stay in Athens 124 to 125 AD decided to finish the temple and it was inaugurated in AD 131. After the construction of the temple the Athenians honoured Hadrian by building an arched gateway. On the west facade above facing the old city is carved "This is Athens, formerly the city of Theseus" , while on the side facing the sanctuary and the extension of the city by Hadrian is carved "This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus."