Arch of Hadrian

Arch of Hadrian. Eastern side. The monument has two levels. The lower level has an arch resting on pilasters with Corinthian capitals. Two other Corinthian pilasters are on the south (left) and north (right) sides. In antiquity, there were also two Corinthian columns, on on either side of the arched passageway. All that can be seen of the column today are the projecting consoles (at left and right, just below the upper storey) that would have united the capitals to the background. The upper story has three "window" or bays, but the central bay was closed by a stone slab in antiquity, and so would have looked a bit differently. The arch stood over the line of an ancient road that led from the area of the Olympieion to the east side of the Acropolis. In the distance, under the arch, you can see the Lysikrates Monument at the end of the modern street. Also in the distance, the Acropolis and the East Cave. View from the east. Photo taken January 30, 2000.