When Emperor Hadrian arrived to Athens, while the city’s Roman period, he was astonished by the city’s beauty and glory. At 131 AD he completed the construction of one of the biggest temples of the antiquity, whose remains we can visit today at the archaeological place of Olympeion.
The modern site is located next to Plaka and Syntagma (500 meters from both) and anyone can realize its past glory and destructions. Made from Pentelic white marble, and with a fallen column in 1852, the temple is unique.
It is said that the temple foundation was directed related to Greeks mythical ancestor, Defkalion. Peisistratus also tried to finish the temple but it was a really expensive project. So Hadrian who adored Athens and Greek culture, was the only one who managed to do it.
Mythodea on June 28st 2001
A concert was organised on that date, related to NASA. Here is the video