Monday, 10 December 2012

Travel Reads: At Hadrian’s Arch, Athens

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It is a sultry afternoon at Hadrian’s Arch at Athens. The sky is a brilliant cobalt blue (a blue that I’m not accustomed to everyday) with wisps of cloud. I’m overwhelmed with all that I’m getting to see; it’s my first time in the city. Hadrian’s Arch presents its magnificent glory: its past and the present. There are two inscriptions that read: This is Athens, the ancient city of Theseus (facing the Acropolis)!

The second one reads: This is the city of Hadrian, and not of Theseus!Constructed in 131 AD, Hadrian’s Arch is a reflection of the influence of Roman architecture in Greece. Speculation and history read that it was constructed in the honour of the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s (one among the five good emperors) contribution to Athens and after all, he was a philhellene in his love for fine arts and architecture. It was assembled and created from Pentelic marble from Mt. Pentelikon (once a home to several animals from the antediluvian world). It was designed from the centre of ancient Athens to the Temple of Zeus.

Coming back to the present, there was only a handful of us, wanderers drifting across an expanse of antiquity. It was kind of surprising not to see too many people out there where voices did not drown in a sea of photograph clicks.

Notes to myself: A monument to remember and visit once again!


(Sept, 2010)
(Article by Kabita Sonowal) 

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