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by Archaeology Newsroom

Hadrian’s Gate

Hadrian’s Gate, a characteristic monument of the city of Athens, could be easily incorporated and function in the life of the modern city. The necessary modifications for this accomplishment are simple; the neighboring street pavements could be properly marked so that people passing by could feel that they were accessing a distinct zone; certain axes to and from the Gate could be stressed by three alleys; furthermore, the entrance to the site of the temple of Olympian Zeus could be transferred to the axis of the Gate. These simple modifications are easily realized and would reassign to Hadrian’s Gate its original symbolism, that of the boundary between old (Acropolis) and new city (lower city).