Athens Segway Tours
Zip through town on a Segway.
Temple of Olympian Zeus
You can’t miss this striking marvel, smack in the centre of Athens. It is the largest temple in Greece and was begun in the 6th century...
Church of Agia Ekaterini
Worth seeing is the 11th- to 12th-century Church of Agia Ekaterini in Plaka near the Lysikratous monument.
Perivoli Tou Ouranou
A favourite rustic, old-style Plaka music haunt with dinner (mains €18 to €29).
It’s touristy in the extreme, but despite the touts, it is the best of the restaurants around Plateia Filomousou Eterias. Choose from...
cnr Leoforos Vasilissis Olgas & Leoforos Vasilissis Amalias · interesting places nearby
Hadrian’s Arch information
The Roman emperor Hadrian had a great affection for Athens. Although he did his fair share of spiriting its classical artwork to Rome, he also embellished the city with many monuments influenced by classical architecture. His arch is a lofty monument of Pentelic marble that stands where busy Leoforos Vasilissis Olgas and Leoforos Vasilissis Amalias meet. Hadrian erected it in AD 132, probably to commemorate the consecration of the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
The inscriptions show that it was also intended as a dividing point between the ancient and Roman city. The northwest frieze reads, ‘This is Athens, the Ancient city of Theseus’, while the southeast frieze states, ‘This is the city of Hadrian, and not of Theseus’.