On Areos Street, opposite the entrance to the Monastiraki Metro Station, lies the archaeological site of Hadrian’s Library.
Though only a few remnants survive, valuable finds continue to be discovered in this ongoing excavation. Described in detail by Pausanias in the second century AC, the library had 100 columns supporting a gilded roof, and was decorated with precious alabaster.
Today’s visitor can see the pediments of the interior columns, as well as the foundations, walls, remnants of a pavilion and the library entrance, framed by seven Corinthian columns.
Enter on Areos Street, opposite the Monastiraki Metro station.