Cultural Building sights in Athens
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Once the most luxurious public building in the city, Hadrian’s library was erected around AD 132. It had an internal courtyard and pool and was bordered by 100 columns. The building was destroyed in AD 267 during the Herulian invasion. The remains of Megali Panagia, believed to be the oldest Christian church in Athens, can be seen in the garden, including parts of the mosaic floor. During the Ottoman period it was a bazaar.
Athens boasts a large number of fine neoclassical buildings dating from the period after Independence. The National Library is one of these. Its main feature is the corridor leading to the reading room, which is flanked by a row of Doric columns influenced by the Temple of Hephaestus in the Ancient Agora.