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Hadrian's Arch

Erected in honor of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century A.D, the monumental gateway of Hadrian’s Arch remains one of the most striking remnants of ancient Athens. Located on the ancient road between the Athenian Agora and the Olympieion, the elaborate structure was supposedly built to honor the arrival of Hadrian in 131 AD.

The Arch, standing in front of the once magnificent Temple of Olympian Zeus (the Olympieion), formed a symbolic gateway between the old city district and the new Roman-built city, erected by Hadrian. Notably, two inscriptions feature on the sides of the arch: the western side, looking onto the old city reads ‘ This is Athens, the ancient city of Theseus’ and the eastern side, facing the Olympieion, reads ‘This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus’. The exact meaning of the latter phrase is hotly disputed – some say it is simply naming the new city as that of Hadrian; others insist it was a deliberate contradiction of the former statement, indicating that the entire city was now ruled by Hadrian.

Avenue of the Knights (Ippoton)

Running down from the hilltop citadel to the commercial port and crowned by the dramatic Palace of the Grand Masters of the Knights of Rhodes, the historic Avenue of the Knights (or Ippoton) takes the prize for Rhodes’ most famous street. The noble heart of the Old Town of Rhodes, this was the street where the knights lived and held meetings, and it remains one of Europe’s best-preserved examples of a medieval street.

Strolling the cobblestone thoroughfare effectively evokes the atmosphere of medieval Rhodes, with its narrow walkway cocooned by a wall of honey-colored stone buildings and monumental archways. Lining the 600-meter-long avenue are the Inns of the Tongues, the dining and meeting houses of the Knights, each divided by language, or ‘tongue’, according to their origins and signed with stone-carved codes of arms.

Agora of Athens

The political and social heart of the ancient city of Athens, the famous Agora of Athens (or the Forum of Athens) is one of the city's most important archeological sites -- the remainder of the civic center and marketplace where Greek democracy was first brought to life.

Today, the ruins are regarded as the best-preserved example of an ancient Greek agora, standing to the northwest of the Acropolis between the hills of Areopagus and Kolonus Agoraios. Dating back to the 6th century BC (before which it was used as a residential area), the vast area was originally laid out by Peisistratus and featured an elaborate drainage system, a series of fountains and a temple devoted to the Olympian Gods. Later additions included the temples of Hephaestus, Zeus and Apollo, a series of altars and a concert hall, before the agora was finally abandoned after a Slavic invasion in the 6th century AD. 

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